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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL LI 



JANUARY 1, 1973 



NO.l 



"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints.' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHAT HOLDS THE NEW YEAR? 

What holds the New Year? Ominous and black 
The heavy clouds that spread from sky to sky; 

And 1 failing hearts cry out aloud in fear, 

As every sign declares His coming nigh. 

What holds the New Year? Dread, or happy trust 
In Him who holds this world in His hand, 

Whose wisdom infinite controls each part, 

And in whose presence shortly we shall stand? 

What holds the New Year? Grant that it may be 
Fruition of the faith that shall be sight, 

When Christ Himself shall cleave with joyful shout 
These awful clouds of hate and fear and night. 

What holds the New Year? For the child of God, 
It holds a promise brighter than the day; 

That Christ shall soon fulfill that glorious hope 
And come to catch His waiting bride away. 

— Gracia L. Fero 



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MEDITATIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR 

Again we come to the begining of a new year. Time has a 
way of slipping by and before we realize it we are at the threshold 
of the New Year. We acknowledge' that our Heavenly Father has 
blessed and been with us in many ways throughout the past year 
for which we are thankful. 

As we look to the New Year, we 1 know not what lie,s before us- 
Certainly, world conditions are such that it is easy to be pessimistic. 
There is so much strife, confusion, and discontent in the world. The 
god of this world has blinded the minds of so many that they cannot 
see the true values of life- 

Although we are aware of these disturbing conditions, we want 
to call our attention to some things that will contribute to our peace 
and comfort of mind and heart. A proper attitude of mind is im- 
portant. In these days there is still much of love' and joy and good- 
ness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians thus, "Be careful for 
nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks- 
giving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace 
of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and 
minds through Christ Jesus," Phil. 4:6,7. If we have "the peace of 
God which passeth all understanding" our hearts and minds will be 
kept from the cares of this world. 

The Apostle continues, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are 
true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, what- 
soever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever 
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any 
praise, think on these things," vs. 8. If we could only keep our minds 
and our eyes on Heaven and Heavenly things instead of gazing on 
the fearful things about our feet, we would not so quickly sink in 
despair. 

We should maintain a spirit of hope. Such hope would not be 
thalt of mere wishful thinking. Rather, it should be that of the writer 
of Hebrews, "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both 
sure and steadfast- . . ," Heb. 6:19. "And every man that hath this 
hope purifieth himself, even as he is pure," I Jn. 3:3. If we are moved 
to purify our hearts, then we have confidence in God. 

An unwavering faith and trust in God is essential in the New 
Year. Although we feel sometimes that evil has the ascendancy, 
yet we know that God is still on the Throne. The Word tells us that 
"evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and 
being deceived," II Tim. 3:13. Undoubtedly, the closer we come to 
the time of Jesus' return, the more wicked men will become. And 
as Satan sees his time is growing short, the more trouble he will stir 
up. But let us take courage! Our Heavenly Father has said in His 
Word, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." He watches over 



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His own. God's people of old had many trials and tribulations, but 
God always took care of them. We have the same God as they so 
let us face the future with hope and courage. 

As Christians we need to have the spirit of love. There is so 
much ill will and hatred in the world today. We can keep up a 
spirit of love in our homes. We can also show a spirit of love to 
those with whom we come in contact - even to the unlovely. 

If we maintain a spirit of hope; if we have implicit faith and 
confidence in our Heavenly Father; if we have a spirit of love in 
our hearts for those about us-then we may have "the peace of God 
which passeh all understanding" throughout the coming year. 

HE DSD WHAT HE COULD 

A young man accepted for the African missionary field reported 
at New York for passage, but found on further examination that his 
wife could not stand the climate. He was heartbroken, but he prayer- 
fully returned to his home and determined to make all the money he 
could to be used in spreading the Kingdom Of God over the world 
His father a dentist, had started to make, on the side, an unfermented 
wine for the communion service. The young man took the business 
over and developed it until it assumed vast proportions - his name 
was Welch, whose family still manufactures grapejuice- He has given 
literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to the work of missions 
Every job is missionary work when we interpret it by stewardship 



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LEAVE ALL OR ALL LEAVE 

The Gospels make two contrasting statements about the disciples 
of Jesus. Luke 5:11 records, "They forsook all, and followed him." 
Mark 14:50 reports, "And they all Forsook him, and fled." The people 
who had left all, all left. 

This is hard to understand. The disciples did not forsake the 
Lord because they had not made a sufficient investment in His cause. 
They had left all to follow Him. 

Some, it is true, do not prize highly enough their relationship 
to God because they have not put enough into it. It is, for them, "easy 
come, easy go." Rarely do we cherish what is cheap for us. 

On the other hand, what demands much of us is usually dear to 
us- We value in life that which costs us most in terms of the invest- 
ment of ourselves. 

There is still no way to follow Jesus without forsaking all. One 
student said to his sponsor, "I don't want Jesus Christ to be first in 
my life anymore." 

The sponsor, who knew the boy's devotion, looked at him with 
a puzzled expression. 

"If He's first in my life," the other explained, "that presupposes 
there must be other things second and third and forth and fifth. If 
that is true, then these things will be vying for first place. I just 
want Him to be my Life." 

Yet it sometimes happens that even those who have left all later 
leave the Lord. Some claim when this happens it only proves that 
these people had not really left all in the first place. They seem 
to backslide,but in truth they have never "slidden forward." 

I John 2:19 is quoted in defense of this explanation: "They went 
out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, 
they would 1 no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, 
that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 

What such an explanation ignores is the antecedent of the pronoun 
"they." That antecedent is clearly given in verse 18: "Little children, 
it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, 
even now there are many antichrists; whereby we know it is the last 

time." . „ 

Those who go out under these circumstances are the antichrists 
that multiply in our day even as they had begun to do in the day in 
which John wrote. One has but to run over the list of cults that have 
originated within some branch of the Christian Church to note what 
a large percentage of them deny the unqualified deity of Christ Jesus. 
Whatever nice things they may say about Jesus, in a very literal 
sense they are anti-Christ. 

Yet the sober truth is that even some who have been sanctified 
by "the blood of the covenant" may turn and trample it under their 
feet. 



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who finishes. the pnze 9 oes to the runner 

destiny of ^individual and"^ hi infltnce^ ^ ' S ^ etema ' 
school of Chrkf l f ° ,f reVent pe ° ple be«»"lng dropouts from the 

Wha°dfw en eed°to m 3 T T 5 -" the buSineSS ° f Christian '-ing? 
wnar ao we need to make the journety successfully-? 

full" nf t r y ^^ W f S a ' WayS open - lf the Y had kept their "minds 

a oerrer country. They were pilgrims, not tramps. Thev had a 

destination. They were not just wandering P meyhada 

To be empty is to be in danger. In the parable of Jesus the 

house frorr , which the demon was driven out but which was left emotv 

expeS ^ WitH S6Ven ° therS W ° rSe than the oneThat had be P en Y 

time'tid^s'rp^l "tnf^. ^ " the day ° f dar >^ Unredeemed 

ThTdriftna L til' "5' ly beC ° meS evil time (Ephesians 5:16). 

me arming lite always winds up on the rocks 

Whatever other factors may have been involved fmm + k u 

point of view there is little doubt as to the secreTof Dane's « T^ 

, ptt , S aniel Had S ° me P rinci P ,es that were nonnegotiable. He had 
settled some questions in advance. He was therefore free to deal 

S^^TEr came into his ,ife because he had ^ 

, ] h f?V S ? ne e ncoura g'ng note in the gospel record about those 
who left Him for whom they had left all. With the exception of Judas! 



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they came back. The greatest single lack in their lives was met at 
Pentecost. Born of the Spirit and filled with the Spirit, they never 
left Him again. 

In His commentary on the troubles of the last times, Jesus said, 
"Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But 
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matthew 
24:12-13). 

The word translated "endure" is a word of many meanings. It 
means to abide, to tarry, to wait for, to be patient. Its main thrust 
is the idea of keeping on, unafraid, in face of whatever obstacles may 
be found. Having left all to follow Him, we must never leave Him 
at all. 

-W. T- Purkiser 

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WHERE DOES MY TIME GO? 

The Apostle Paul warned his friends to make good use of the 
time because the times were bad (Ephesians 5:16). 

When he was nine years of age, John Quincy Adams wrote to 
his father, ". . .My thoughts are running after bird's eggs, play and 
trifles, till I get vexed with myself. Mamma has a troublesome task 
to keep me studying. I own I am ashamed of myself. I had but 
just entered the third volumne of Rollin's History. • . I am determined 
this week to be more diligent. I have set myself a stint to read the 
third volume half out. . . I wish, sir, you would 1 give me in writing 
some instructions with regard to the use of my time and advise me 
how to proportion my studies and play, and I will keep them by me, 
and endeavor to follow them." 

Young Adams faced the problem that has faced millions before 
and after him. At an early age he was showing the traits of character 
that were later to lead to his election to the presidency of the United 
States. He had early grasped 1 the truth that the difference between 
the successful and the unsuccessful man lies in a large measure in how 
well they make use of their time. 

There is a vast lifference between a busy day and a productive day. 
Parkinson's "law" says that "work expands so as to fill the time 
available for its completion." This, of course, can refer to spiritual 
tasks as well as the secular. 

Did you ever stop to see just how much time you have in your 
schedule for the work of the Lord? Out of the 24 hours in each 
workday, your minimum time commitments will be somewhat as fol- 
lows: sleep — about eight hours; dressing and personal hygiene, 

morning and night about one' hour; eating — two or three hours; 

work hours — about eight hours; and going to and from work — about 
one or two hours- 



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This adds up to 20 to 22 hours each weekday. This leaves us 
two to four hours. It's not really very much time. So far as our 
weekday activities are concerned we must control our time carefully or 
we will find those few hours preempted by things that are trivial. 

St. Augustine wrote: "What is time? Who is able easily and 
briefly to explain it? Who is able so much as in thought to com- 
prehend it so as to express himself concerning it? And yet what 
in our usual discourse do we more familiarly and knowingly make 
more mention of than time? And surely we understand it well 
enough when we speak of it; we understand it also whem in speaking 
with another we hear it named. What then is time? If nobody 
asks me I know; but if I were desirous to explain it to someone that 
should ask me, plainly I know not." 

Time can be a tyrant that controls our existance or it can be a 
servant for whose control we must look inward at our own value 
judgments that will give guidance to this valuable servant. 

When Senator Charles H. Percy was the chairman of the board 
of the Bell and Howell Company, he kept a sign over his desk which 
read, "My job is to build our company's future." Although this 
sign spoke only of the secular use of time, it has spiritual connotations. 

First of all, it stresses the importance of the future. As we know, 
our streams of life are running toward the boundless ocean of eternity 
and alv/ays we must be aware of this fact as we live out our days- 
Then the concern for our fellowmen is seen in the use of the 
pronoun "our". The use of our time cannot be for one's self only. 
No man is an island separated from his fellow beings. My service to 
God also consists of service to our fellowman. 

The use of the personal pronoun "my" in reference to the job 
shows us our individual responsibility. Where my time goes is where 
I, as a being of choice, directed that it goes. May I make wise choices 
always! 

— Herald of Holiness 

THE NEW YEAR . . . TIME FOR INVENTORY 

An inventory is a detailed list of articles with their estimated 
values — a collection of items which are or may be listed as stock. 

Business firms usually make an inventory at the beginning of 
the new year, taking stock of their goods, sales, accounts, and 
furnishings. With this inventory, they are able to determine if a 
profit or a loss has been realized, and how to plan for the new year. 

Spiritual Inventory 
As Christians, at this beginning of the new year, we would do 
well to take a spiritual inventory of our lives- What have we done 
for God this past year? What are we doing for God right now? 



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What still needs to be done? 

Many are the benefits of a spiritual inventory. David recognized 
this when he asked God to make an inventory of his life. He prayed 1 
in Psalms 26:2: "examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and 
my heart ('test my heart and my mind')." 

Elsewhere we are commanded in the Bible to examine ourselves— 
to take inventory. For instance, Paul says in II Corinthians 13:5: 
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove yourselves." 
Also in I Corinthians 1 1:28 we read: "Let a man examine himself .. ." 

One important question we would do well to ask ourselves is: 
how do I measure up to what God expects of me? Was my life at 
least partly up to what He wanted from me last year? 

Final Inventory 

Some day the books in heaven will be opened. Then you and I 
will be shown our final inventory. That inventory is going to depend 
a great deal on what the inventories of our lives have been right 
on earth. 

Paul teaches us in Romans 14:12: "So, then, every one of us shall 
give account of himself to God." God Himself is the one to whom 
all our accounts become payable and receivable. Out last day inventory 
will then reveal what we have done, or what we have not done, for 
our Master. 

How To Check Up 

What does that inventory reveal to us today? Here are three 
simple questions— sort of trial balances — we might use in examining 
ourselves: Is my spiritual life more or less strong than it was a 
year ago. (If less strong, then why? We had better find out!) 

How does my prayer life measure up? Does it go on the debit or 
credit side of the ledger? (If we have been spending more time in 
prayer then this new year should have a better start than last year.) 

What about my Bible reading, Bible study, church attendance, 
personal witnessing for the Lord? Or, on the negative side: have 
we lost our spiritual balance through pettishness, selfishness or 
tempers. Has our love for God and others grown cold? (Failure 
to discipline ourselves or to show love can cause us to be low 
spiritually.) 

Other Helpful Hints 

Love is one of the great keys to personal success. First we must 
love God "with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:30); 
and then we must love one another: "for this is the message that ye 
have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another" 
(I John 3:11). 

Remember, too, the importance of NOW. If we are to show assets 
in our inventory, it is time now to get busy in God's business. Time 
is precious ... it is the only thing we can have for our own, but we 
only hold a minute at a time. What we do with our minutes- 
minute by minute — will be recorded in God's book. 



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God doesnt expect us to do this alone. He will turn the search- 
ing of His Word and His Spirit upon our lives to help us analyze 
ourselves. And the light of His love is always kind to us, even when 
it reveals our grievous faults. 

That New Leaf 
JA/e always say at the beginning of a new year that we're qoinq 
to turn over a new leaf." 

That is good. Christians can always benefit by "turning over a 
new leaf ' but we need to let God and the blood of Christ take care 
of the old smudged leaves. "The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son 
cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1 :7), 

Inventory time is here! Let us not forget that with God all thinqs 
are possible. We can start at the very beginning of this new year to do 
everything we can to grow into better Christian living ... to give more 
of our time, our talents, our strength, our actions, our substance, our 

r\LI_ ! 

Next year we shall be pleased and surprised at the victories and 
accomplishments when we take inventory again and start a new 
beginning. 

— Selected from The Defender 

DISCERNING THE TIMES 

People of this generation stand in wonder, dread and fear at the 
advancements of the sciences, which baffles the human mind, but it 
is yet true what Jesus said many generations ago: "Ye can discern 
the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times'?" 
-Matt. 16:3. 

Many things we do distinguish clearly, while other things are 
vague and even obscure. God has for a good reason ordered days, 
months and years, and we find that life does center around this order' 

The old year has taken its place with many former years, and a 
new year has begun with such slight changes that we are hardly 
aware of. The old year has been good to many people, but most 
likely not many were sad to let it go, for we hope to have it replaced 
with one that will be more hopeful. Many events of the old year 
have been clearly discerned and others have not been understood. 
Even though knowledge has increased greatly there are yet those 
areas that are dark. 

Man by virtue of creation is an exploratory being and as such 
has found new things that are for his enjoyment and ctood, but he 
has also found things that are for his own hurt ancT destruction. 
Satan is ready to offer his help in a man's quest for the unknown, 
and as was the case with Eve in the Garden so are many subtly led 
afield into areas that are not for salvation. 

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have in their research achieved goals, and developed ideas that were 
considered 1 purely fanatic heretofore. Much of this will serve to 
the general welfare of humanity, whereas some are looked upon as 
waste of money at the risk of life, without worthwhile benefits- 

In the light of these great advancements, man is not ready to 
accept the idea that all things are coming to a close. They fail to 
discern the times. 

The sciences that deal with the physical aspect of the whole 
universe have launched a program that takes them far into the un- 
known, and they certainly do not declare that the end is yet. Those 
who study the sky and other areas also, do come up to strange events, 
and they endeavor to explain the phenomena entirely aside from 
what Jesus calls "signs" which are given to convey a message from 
the Creator, relative to the end of all thnigs. 

As we analyze things there are definite 1 points that reveal and 
point the way. We believe that for everything there is a cause, 
and this is what we seek. The intelligence and wisdom of this world 
is given to the life and does not give itself to the study of matters 
in the light of the eternal. The Bible is a Book of Knowledge, and 
discerns all things in the light of eternity. It is designed for both 
time and eternity, pointing out the way that is for happiness in life 
and bliss beyond. 

In a general sense the future is unknown to man, and really his 
concerns should be for today, but because time is to be influenced 
by the eternal, man can see by proper study and concern in part what 
lies ahead. God does reveal, to a degree, by signs and wonders 
some important things and events, that man should know. 

The present ills of the world are spoken about in the Bible as 
due to the depravity of man, and that this would also be a sign of 
deterioration and the approaching end of all things. The present 
state of youth in most countries of the world is an abominable thing 
and defies explanation- Many are so passive that they could not care 
less how they appear or behave, while others want to be heard 
through all conceivable ways of protest. Such things are signs of 
the latter times, as Paul wrote to Timothy. The world in general does 
not recognize this as a sign of the last times. 

Man is after all a being capable of being impressed by arguments, 
by admonition, by counsel and logic, and when he has come to a 
point beyond feeling he has come into a state where other than natural 
forces direct him. Pharaoh as a man, had not been able to resist 
the signs, wond'ers and miracles of God if God had not hardened his 
heart. No rational person can be so humiliated, so defeated and so 
punished as was Pharaoh and not yield. There are those today who 
in spite of all signs, pleadings and warning of imminent dangers and 
doom are apparently unimpressed. This is not natural, for God has 
so created man that he can be impressed by God directly by signs 
and wonders, as well as through his parents and superiors. We do 
however, not think of God as being responsible of such hardness of 



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heart. We must discern between Godly force and the forces of evil. 
There are other forces than those of God that are strong enough to 
block the road to reason. The people of the first world, and again 
Samson were blind to reason, for it is stated of them that they "knew 
not" till destruction came. Ours are the days in which history repeats 
itself. 

Man has in his great knowledge and wisdom penetrated far into 
the fact of matter, but is not able to discern the signs of the time. Of 
this he is wilfully ignorant, for he does not give himself over to the 
study of the spiritual realm as he does to the physical forces. 

Even though the signs are here to be read, no one needs to con- 
clude that nothing can be done about it. May we sprinkle a little 
salt and shine a little candle every day of the year, helping someone 
in a little way. 

—Messenger of Truth 

BUILDING THE CHURCH THROUGH OUR HOME 

Not all building will stand the test. We are warned, "But let 
every man take heed how he buildeth." Even when we take Jesus 
Christ as our foundation, it is possible to build so that all we have 
done is destroyed in the test by fire. Then some are building on 
other foundations than Christ. We do not need to consider long 
what the results will be. If our homes are Christian, we should 
expect that they will be used of God to build the true Church wher- 
ever they are. 

Th way God used the homes in past ages reveals what principles 
must characterize the homes of our time if they shall become a 
means of building the true Church and abide the test of the fire. 
Not the least of the home elements that are for better or for worse 
are the mothers of the home- The father is given the responsibility 
of headship. But if the mother is fully consecrated much will be 
accomplished in preparing the children for the strengthening of the 
cause of Christ in the work of the Church wherever they are. Praying 
fathers and mothers have opened the way for God to use the home 
as a means of building the Church for which Christ gave Himself. 

The responsibility of home is no light one. In a day where 
there are many things done in churches that will not abide the 
test, we need to choose our fellowship in a church that is ready to 
fulfill all things which Christ has commanded. The children are to 
be taught. The atmosphere of the home is to be godly. The home 
needs to be regulated to fit the program for the Lord and the Church. 
Evils must be sifted out. Faithfulness to the truth and to the work 
of the Lord must have first place. Some practices need to become the 
rule. The Church and her services must have first place in our pro- 



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grams. Regular attendance at services should not be a maybe- The 
co-operation of the home with the church leadership is 
imperative to true church building. Unity with the doctrinal standards 
of the Church dare not be questioned if we expect the children to put 
their full energies into the work. The home must be a headquarters 
for godliness and a pattern of what the Gospel of Christ can do for 
those who fully embrace it. The ministry should feel the power of 
the prayers that hold up their hands while they labor and pray at the 
battle front against the forces of Satan. The consecrated home is the 
great supply house to meet the needs that arise in the forward progress 
in the preparing of souls as a habitation of God through the Spirit. 

— Selected 

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PAUL AND SILAS RELEASED FROM PRISON 

Acts 16:35-40 

In our last Bible Story we left Paul and Silas with the jailor who 
had believed on the Lord Jesus and had 1 been baptized in the night. 
Now, when daylight appeared, the leaders of the city sent word to 
release Paul and Silas- We do not know exactly what the reason 
was. These men who had condemned Paul and Silas to prison had 
suddenly decided to change their minds and release them. 

There had been a terrible earthquake that night, and these rulers, 
like most of the people who did not believe in Jesus, were very super- 
stitious. They may have thought that a divine power was angry 
because they had jailed two innocent men. Anyway, they wanted 
Paul and Silas to go. The keeper of the prison said, "Now the 
magistrates have sent word to release you; go in peace." 

The Apostle Paul was a God-fearing man, but he did not fear 
those magistrates. He knew they were afraid and 1 decided to teach 
them a lesson. Paul replied to the keeper of the prison, "We are 
Roman citizens and they have beaten us without a trial and have cast 
us into prison, which they know is absolutely against the law. And 
now they want to let us go secretly? I should say not! Tell them 
to come and let us out themselves." 

When the magistrates heard that Paul and Silas were Romans they 
were really afraid. So they came and pleaded with Paul and Silas 
and begged them to depart out of the city. 

Paul and Silas did not leave the city at once but went to the home 
of a woman called Lydia where they had stayed while they were 
in the city of Philippi- Here they met with other Christians and 
encouraged them by telling how God had delivered them. Then they 
departed. 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Sonora, California 



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IT IS LATER THAN YOU THINK FOR SERVICE 

I am solemnly convinced when I view the Jew, the Gentile, and 
the Church that it is later than we may think. 

Time hastens without consent and leaves us empty handed. We 
think we will always have time to do what we need to do, but we 
are forgetting that from the standpoint of duty, "it is later than you 
think." We are told that "the night cometh, when no man can work." 

If you have work to do — do it now. 

If you have a witness to give — give it now- 

If you have a soul to win — win him now. 

If you have an obligation to discharge - discharge it now. 

If you have a dept to pay —pay it now. 

If you have a wrong to right — right it now. 

If you have a confession to make — make it now. 

If you have a preparation to make — make it now. 

If you have children to train — train them now. 

Time is passing and you are passing out of time. 

— Roy L. Laurin 

NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation held their Lovefeast on Sunday, October 
29. Ministers with us during the day were: Elder Ray S. Shank of 
Mechanicsburg, Elder Jacob C. Ness of Shrewsbury, Elders Laverne 
Keeney, Allen Eberly, and Brother Jack Snyder of Lititz. Approx- 
imately 170 surrounded the Lord's table in the evening with Elder 
Eberly officiating. 

— Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 
NOTE OF THANKS 

We wish to thank all the Brethren and Sisters and families for the 
cards, gifts, and meals made up for us while Sister Dorothy was in 
the hospital, and also while recovering at home- May the Lord richly 
bless you, one and all. 

In Christian Love, 

Brother and Sister Daniel Noecker and Family 

THANK YOU 

I wish to thank the many who remembered me during my second 
eye operation while in the hospital and since I am home. The many 
cards, letters, phone calls, etc. were greatly appreciated. May God 
richly bless each of you. 

Pray that I might retain sufficient sight to carry on my share 
of the Lord's work. 

— Paul R. Myers 



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THANKS 

I want to thank the Brethren and Sisters for the nice cards 
wishing me a speedy recovery and God's richest blessings on me- 
I am gaining my health back daily. 

May the blessings of His love be in our hearts always. 

— Sister Dorothy Beery 

OBITUARIES 

LAURA M. EBLING 

Sister Laura M. Ebling was born April 24, 1904, in Jackson 
Township, and departed this life ait the Good Samaritan Hospital 
on October 11, 1972, at the age of 68 years, 5 months, and 17 days- 
She was a daughter of Abraham and Emma Mohler Gibble. 

On November 30, 1922, she was united in marriage to David 
F. Ebling. 

In addition to her husband she is survived by one daughter, Lena 
E., wife of Lloyd Reed, Bethel; three grandsons, Frank of Paxinos, 
Jason of Myerstown, and David at home; and one great-granddaughter. 
One groat-granddaughter preceded her in death. 

Sister Ebling was baptized in the Church of the Brethren at the 
age of 10 and united with the Dunkard Brethren, November 4, 1927. 

Funeral services were held 1 October 15, 1972, at the Bethel 
Dunkard Brethren Church, Frystown house, by Brother Paul Hartz, 
and Elders Jacob Ness and Laverne Keeney, with interment in the 
adjoining cemetery. 

We miss her as a Mother in Zion and as a faithful Elder's wife. 

THE AFTERGLOW 
I saw the glorious day across the level land, 

Go down in rose and gold 
Some angel in the sunset seemed to stand 1 

With colors manifold. 

Saffron and scarlet, pearl and amethist 

A peagent passed in light 
The young dusk sent a jeweled star that kissed 

The day good night. 

But still there lingered in that silent hour 

As if it could not go 
A radiance like some heavenly flower blooming 

The afterglow- 

So may my life when cometh death eclipse 

Leave loves bright flowers to blow 
The memory of the kindly heart, and helping hand 

The afterglow- — Written by Brother Ebling 

— Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



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THOMAS ISAAC BOWMAN 

Son of Jacob W. and Susan Long Bowman was born on January 
11, 1883, at Mill Creek, near Port Republic, Virginia, and departed 
this life on November 18, 1972, act the age of 89 years, 10 months, 
and 7 days. 

On January 5, 1905 he was united in marriage to the former 
Maggie Rodeffer, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, J. Ray 
Bowman of Port Republic, and Loy L. Bowman of Penn Laird; three 
daughters, Mrs. Meta Sandridge, Mrs. Lera Jarrels, both of Port 
Republic, and Mrs. Hallie Pence of McGaheysville; a sister, Mrs. Lillie 
Leavel of Weyers Cave; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 
other relatives and many friends. 

He was a member of the Dayton Dunkard Brethren Church- For 
many years he had been a faithful shepherd of the little flock at 
Berean Chapel. When the membership increased 1 and a larger church 
was built in Dayton, Brother Tommy because of failing health asked 
to be relieved of the presiding Eldership. He continued in the 
ministry and preached the Word faithfully. Being a song leader, 
he enjoyed leading some hymns each meeting he attended. Uncle 
Tommy, as he was known for many miles around, was a farmer 
and carpenter. In his shop, he sharpened many saws and tools, 
and made and repaired furniture for his relatives and a multitude 
of friends. He will be sadly missed in the community as well as in 
the church. 

Funeral services, in charge of the Long Funeral Home, were 
conducted November 21, 1972, at 1 1 :00 A.M., at the Mill Creek Church 
of the Brethren, by Pastor S. Earl Mitchell, Elder Roscoe Reed, and 
Brother Eugene Kauffman. 

Interment was in Mill Creek Cemetery. The following grandsons 
served as pallbearers, Dennis and Dorlis Sandridge, Fred, Roger, and 
Larry Pence, Kenneth, Thomas, and Bruce Bowman, Norman Jarrels, 
and Glenny Huffman. — Sister Hilda Strayer, Cor. 

LEROY W. SHAFER 

Passed away on the morning of July 26, 1972, in his country home 
near Bancroft, Michigan, at the age of 83 years and 2 months. 

He, with his wife Susan, became members of the Church of 
the Brethren in their early twenties and was called to the deacon's 
office and two years later as an elder and held that office until his 
sudden death. He was pastor in the Pontiac Church twenty-three 
years. 

After retirement he filled in, giving messages, performing mar- 
riages, the anointing service, and holding many funeral services. 

In the early morning of July 26, he asked for the anointing service. 
A few minutes later he looked up, smiled, and stepped from this 
earthly home. He was a staunch believer in God's Word and lived 
it daily. — Mrs. Leroy Shafer 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
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R. 3, Montpelier, Ohio 43543 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Paul R. Myers, Chairman 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Joseph E. Flora 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 
R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

Harley Flory, Secretary 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 

William Carpenter 
209 Church Street 
Blissfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 

Kyle Reed, Secretary 
Minburn, Iowa 50167 

Newton Jamison, Treasurer 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 



All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



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R. 2, Box 176-A 
Lebanon, PA 1704; 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL Li JANUARY 15, 1973 no . 2 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous 
^^TorejToly, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



STAND FAST 

Stand fast when waves of trouble roll 
And drench your life with tears, 

When tribulation smites your soul 

And daunts your heart with fears; 

For though the storm be ne'er so high, 

Be sure the calm of peace is nigh. 

Stand fast when all the powers of night 

Affright your shrinking heart, 
When not a star betrays its light 

To serve as guide and chart; 
For, be the darkness ne'er so deep, 
Ere dawn your weary eyes shall sleep. 

Stand fast! The coward never knows 

The thrill of victory won; 
'Tis toil that brings the best repose, 

As night precedes the sun; 
And naught proclaims the conquering soul 
Like patience, faith, and self-control. 

— Selected 



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STEADFASTNESS 

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong," 

I Cor. 16:13- The Apostle Paul also said in his writing to the 
Thessalonians, "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions 
which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle," 

II Thess. 2:15. 

Certainly it behooves all to watch and stand fast. It is not 
always easy to stand fast. It takes courage and strength. But the 
Apostle also wrote, "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good 
soldier of Jesus Christ," II Tim. 2:3. Just as soldiers of the armies 
of this world must watch for their safety, so also the Christian 
must ever be on guard. 

It is quite apparent that many have not been as watchful as 
they should have been. There is a direct relationship between 
watchfulness and steadfastness. If we are not watchful, Satan gains 
an entrance to our hearts and lives. Then, so often, the way becomes 
a downward way and the joy of salvation is lost- 

How did Christ watch? He watched by prayer and by giving 
no audience to Satan. When Satan came to Jesus tempting Him, 
Jesus said, "Get thee hence Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship 
the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve," Matt. 4:10. In 
this day there are so many beliefs, isms, and schisms. Are we 
watching as we should? Are we upholding the teachings of the 
Church by precept and example? Or would we prefer that the 
Church be more lenient? Or do we just go ahead and do what we 
wish regardless of the rules of the Church? The Psalmist made 
an appropriate observation, "If the foundations be destroyed, what 
can the righteous do?" Psa. 11:3. Each time one transgresses the 
principles of the Church, he is causing the foundation to crumble. 
Let us not deceive ourselves, for the Psalmist also says, "The Lord 
is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, 
his eyelids try, the chlidren of men," Psa. 11:4. 

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times 
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, 
and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their 
conscience seared with a hot iron," I Tim. 4:1,2. Over a period of 
years many have not stood fast. The Church has received many 
blows and scars- Many breaches have been made. 

Perhaps the first four chapters of Nehemiah are appropriate as 
we consider steadfastness. Nehemiah was cup-bearer to King 
Artaxerxes. Because of the deplorable condition of his people in 
Judea, he sought and obtained permission to go "home." But 
first of all, he fasted and prayed to God' and acknowledged his and 
his people's sins, Neh. chapter 1. Should not this be our approach 
in our endeavors for the Master? 

As Nehemiah came to Jerusalem, he found great breaches in the 



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walls. Not only that, but he also found enemies there who tried 
to cause trouble and slow the work, chapter 2. 

Furthermore, as they repaired the walls and rebuilt the gates 
of Jerusalem, there were some of the nobles who "put not their 
necks to the work." Also, because of their enemies, they were forced 
to work with their swords by their sides, chapters 3 and 4. Through 
all this Nehemiah watched and stood fast in the faith and was strong. 

We, too, have adversaries who would hinder us in our Christian 
walk of life. But as was true with Nehemiah, when people have an 
interest and purpose, much can still be accomplished. 

We need to put on the whole armour of God, that we may be 
able to stand against the wiles of the devil. "For we wrestle not 
against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual 
wickedness in high places," Eph. 6:11,12. 

No, we dare not give up. The Church must continue to contend 
for the faith and to make every effort to maintain the purity thereof. 
We are to be men understanding what we are about, not easily 
dissuaded though perhaps we may become discouraged. 

The text says we are to be strong. But how? So often we are 
made aware of weakness. The Word says, "Finally, my brethren, 
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might," Eph. 6:1(1 
Surely this would include prayer, the study of God's Word and the 
establishment of the family altar if there is none. 

"Many false prophets shall rise, and deceive many. And because 
iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he 
that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved," Matt. 

24:11-13. 

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." 



THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY"] 5, 1973 

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Pa. 17340. 



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CAN I KNOW GOD IS LEADING? 

The other day I met a man who said that although he believed 
in the scriptural teachings on tithing, God had given him a special 
revelation in which he was informed that he was an exception to 
the rule and would not be expected to give a tenth of his income to 
support the work of the church. His statement is a good example 
of the way in which folk can be misled by their own desires. Peter 
said that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). So, to my 
way of thinking, this apparently covetous man was deceived. His 
covetous nature had blinded him, enabling him to distort the truth- 
This feeling that he enjoyed a special immunity from the Lord brought 
with it an inflated ego, which was causing further spiritual compli- 
cations. He was becoming a rather serious burden to his pastor. 

A few years ago a young woman announced to her unenlightened 
relatives that she had just received a revelation from the Lord in which 
He had told her to walk straight out into the river until the waters 
covered her head 1 . That she would drown was inevitable, since she 
could not swim. Her parents, because they too were ignorant of 
the true way in which God leads, stood on the river bank and 
watched their daughter disappear beneath the swirling waters, afraid 
to interfere lest they be found frustrating God's purpose. Of course, 
God had not given such orders to the girl. She died because of 
ignorance, because she understood neither the nature of God's will 
nor how He leads his children. 

To discover how God seeks to lead us, let us look first at the 
way in which he led the early church in certain situations. First, 
he always led his people according to Christian principles. No 
exceptions. So, if God is leading you, the direction will always be 
harmonious with the purposes and spirit of Christ. In Acts 13, after 
giving the names of several leaders who were present in a meeting 
held at Antioch, we read (vs. 2-3). "As they ministered to the Lord, 
and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul 
for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had 
fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them 
away." The earnestness with which they desired to know God's will 
is seen in their fasting. Any difficulty in exegesis would come from 
the phrase, "the Holy Ghost said." Was there an audible voice? 
I doubt it, and yet the Lord was able through these men to make 
his will known. These were Spirit-filled servants of God, whose 
minds and hearts were totally dedicated to Christ and were thus 
under God's control. As a result, the concensus of their thinking 
could safely be accepted as being from the Holy Spirit. Those filled 
with the Holy Spirit will not speak in opposition to God's will. But 
just to be doubly sure that they were right in their guidance, these 
brethren fasted and prayed about this most important matter a second 



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time. So it would seem to us that God often leads by way of hearts 
and minds which are totally committed to know and do His will. 

Our God is able to lead to a peaceful solution of difficulties 
which arise between brethren. Even though we are filled with the 
Spirit, we do not always think alike on all subjects- In Acts 15, we 
read of a controversy which took place among leaders of the early 
church over the subject of circumcision. Some of the converted 
Jewish brethren from Judea, later joined by a certain converted 
sect of the Pharisees, were insisting that all Gentile converts to the 
faith should be circumcised. Since circumcision was of the law and 
salvation in Christ is by faith, a disagreement was unavoidable, and 
the matter was not immediately resolved. In fact, it was finally 
carried clear to Jerusalem and laid 1 before the apostles and elders 
there. Only after discussions at Antioch and Jerusalem did the 
brethren feel that they had found the mind of Christ in the matter. 
The summation is found in verse 28, "For it seemed good to the Holy 
Ghost and to us . . ." In my own experience I have found that when 
in doubt as to which path to pursue, it is good strategy to stop and 
ask, "What would Jesus do?" Being willing to do whatever we 
believe Jesus would do automatically solves a great many problems. 
In the instance mentioned above common agreement was found 
through the wisdom of several Christian counselors. In Proverbs 
11:14 we read, "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the 
multitude of counselors there is safety." Of course, the spiritual 
quality of the counselor is always of prime importance. Carnal 
men do not give solid Christian advice- According to Romans 8:14 
it is "sons of God" who are led by the Spirit of God. The size of 
the group of counselors is not nearly so important as is the quality 
of their spirit. 

All of which but emphasizes the fact that churches, as well as 
individual persons, need to submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. 
Where is such leadership to be seen? How is it to be found? I 
believe it is through the operation of spiritual gifts to be found among 
the more deeply dedicated and endowed members of the congregation. 
In these days when we decide almost every congregational question 
according to the vote of the majority, the leadership of the Holy Spirit 
is sometimes clouded. In such balloting, the vote of the most 
unspiritual member of the congregation cancels the vote of the 
finest saint. In history, where questions of right and wrong were 
involved, it has been the minority which was most often right. We 
would be safer to seek out the wisdom of those venerable saints to 
whom the Lord has imparted gifts of wisdom and discernment, and 
order our course according to their counsel. 

If you would discover God's will for your life, vou should first 
be filled with God's Spirit, for to have the spirit of Christ is to think 
in a Christian manner. Paul wrote, "Let this mind be in you which 
was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). He wrote in I Corinthians 2:16 



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"We have the mind of Christ." But he also warned the Roman 
church that "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not 
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Rom. 8:7). In 
other words, the Lord has difficulty in revealing his will to the 
"carnal" person. The carnal man's receiving set is not tuned to God's 
wave length, so he does not get the message. 

I counseled with a student who seemed anxious to discover God's 
will for his life. Since I was not acquainted with him, my first inquiry 
had to do with priority of his interests and the nature of his natural 
abilities. Proverbs 18:16 tells us that "a man's gift make+h room for 
him." And while this probably refers to a gift of money or substance, 
it is just at true of our talents. The thing which God has enabled 
you to do by giving you certain talents and abilities probably has 
somewhat to say a.s to how you should invest your life. All special 
talents and gifts, especially spiritual gifts, were given to be used 
for the glory of God, "for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 
4:12). Would God call a man to do that which is beyond the range 
of his abilities? God's will for you will be related to the gifts and 
talents He has given you. 

How can we be led in making the right choices in the day by 
day decisions which all of us face? First, as said before, we should 
ask, "What would Jesus do?" God's will for us will always be in 
harmony with His character, just as the gifts He bestows are always 
in line with His character. Since God is holy, His will for us will 
always be in the direction of righteousness. A person once wrote 
for "advice" saying that God had revealed to her that she was to 
divorce her husband and marry a man whom she expected 1 in turn 
to divorce his wife- It did not take much wisdom on my part to 
advise that she was being misled by her own desires. 

God never leads in a way contrary to the spirit and teachings 
of Christ. The man who claimed in court that God had ordered him 
to kill his aged mother had difficulty convincing the judge that this 
was the case. The God who commanded, "Thou shalt not kill," is not 
going to order a man to commit murder. Nor is the God who so 
liberally gave His own Son for our salvation going to exempt any 
of us from giving. 

Prayer also helps us to know God's will, that is, if we pray in 
the right spirit. Of course, to pray selfishly or without humility, can 
but result in confusion. We need always to pray as did Jesus in 
Gethsemane, "Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 
22:42). It is important how you pray, and cometimes it is important 
when you pray. Lift your need to the Lord in prayer the last thing at 
night before you fall asleep. Sometimes God uses our subconscious 
minds to solve our problems, or to give us direction. Again, talk 
your need over with spiritually-minded people, in whose judgment 
you have great confidence. Ask for an agreement in prayer as 
you seek guidance- Then, in your quest to know God's will, do not 
forget that many have found guidance by a careful and prayerful 



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reading of the Bible. 

Again, give the whole matter over into God's capable hands 
lust as you surrendered your life to Him. "In all thy ways acknow - 
edge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:6). If you are 
totally commuted to God and your heart is filled with His love 
hen do no be afraid to use your own good common sense in 
seeking a solution to your problem. Choices made in Christ's name 
n Chnsts spirit and for His sake, are seldom wrong. "The fear of 

all t£l tL\^ t 9inning ° f WISd ° m: a 9° od understanding have 
all they that do his commandments" (Ps. 111:10). God wants to 
guide every one of us in His ways, but He can lead only those who 
^sensitive to His touch and who will take time to Len to His 

— W. Dale Oldham 

WORD STUDY 

'would like to study a few words found in the Bible to see 

We canrar 6 "" 9 M" ^ Eng ' ish ^^ and the " '"the Greet 
We cant always use the present meaning of Bible words in English 
for the real meaning. We must study the language in which the 

It sTudv W th tte r t S th€ NSW TeStamSnt WaS Wri " en in S3 we 
must study the Greek meaning to get the true meaning 

Take the word baptize, the English dictionary says the meaning 

is to immerse in water, or pour or sprinkle water on in Christian 

b-ptjsm. We know that is not the scriptural ZZ ino tS wo d 

5 reoeaS? COmeS H fr ° m the T f eek word baptizo, meaning S 
dip repeatedly, according to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon 
Sprinkling or pouring is never used in the Bible to mean bap ism 

° kn °l t e T mber ° f immersions which constitute baptism we 
have to go to the great commission, and it teaches three immersions 

donTone^of^oTV 5 V° the T^ ° f three ™™^^y, 
T ° ne do? To ba P t,ze b y single immersion is taking away from 
wha the Saviour commanded. God has always told just how He 
wanted a thing done, and if not done that way man had to pay the 
consequence, because any other way was to disobey God Y 

The next word is effeminate. In the English Dictionary it savs 
having woman like traits or qualities unbefitting man" Thfe 
definition ,n the English has been used (and I believe sincere M to 
mean a man without a beard. Going to the Greek wefind^ the 
word means a man or woman who is homosexual. The only me he 
word ,s used in the New Testament is in I Cor. 6:9 andit T used 
m a group of related words. "Be not deceived: nether fornicators 
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers S Them 



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selves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor 
revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." It 
would be taking it out of its context to try to make it mean some- 
thing else. 

The next word is fornication. Webster's Dictionary says it means 
"voluntary sexual intercourse of an unmarried person with another 
unmarried or married person of the opposite sex." The Greek 
meaning according to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon is, "a man or 
woman who submits his or her body to unnatural lewdness/' 
Young's Analytical Concordance gives it the definition of whoredom. 
So Jesus, in Matthew, chapter 19, was talking about a woman that 
was living a lewd life, even though she was married. This couldn't 
have betein a single person, because Christ was talking about a 
married man. 

Paul tells us to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word 
of truth. "So it is very necessary for us to use 1 the correct meaning of 
words used in the Bible- I have found there are people who will 
use a word wrong just to satisfy the way they want to believe. 

- Brother W- E. Bashor, 867 Lorna Drive, Glen Ellen, CA. 95442 

••••••• 

WISDOM EMBRACED 

Most Richly Blessed 

More than a century ago, an anonymous soldier of the Con- 
federacy, caught up in the immense tapestry of tragedy which 
shrouded the land, scribbled these words of agony and understanding: 

"I asked God for strength, that I might achieve — I was made 
weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. 

"I asked for help that I might do greater things — I was given 
infirmity, that I might do better things. 

"I asked for riches, that I might be happy — I was given poverty, 
that I might be wise. 

"I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life — I was given 
life, that I might enjoy all things. 

"I got nothing I asked for — but everything I had hoped for. 

"Despite myself, my prayers were answered: I am among all 
men, most richly blessed." 

The above article just recently appeared on the back page of 
a farm paper in this community. After reading it several times, 
we thought it might be of value to pass it on. We also want to 
refer to several Scriptures to support our thoughts about these things 
mentioned. 

Psa- 106:14,15, "But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and 



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tempted God in the desert- And he gave them their request; but 
sent leanness into their soul." Is it not possible in our everyday 
walk of life that we at times desire some of the things of life which 
are not good for our soul? We think too much about the carnal 
things, and too little about the Scriptural things, so we are in a 
great conflict: in our own mind. Then it becomes a question as to 
which Spirit will win. 

Again in Psa. 144:14,15, "That our oxen may be strong to labour; 
that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no 
complaining in our streets. Happy is that people, that is in such 
a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." We, 
who have renounced the hidden things of darkness, and accepted the 
Lord as our Saviour, surely have a right to be happy people. But 
we are still here in this world, and our Saviour, in John 17:15, 
prayed thus to the Father, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them 
out of the world, but that thou shouldest keiep them from the evil." 
Prov. 14:16, "A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the 
fool rageth, and is confident." This is what we have in mind from 
the heading of this article, "wisdom embraced" — to receive the 
wisdom that comes from above and apply it to our lives, that we 
may have a blessing from above. 

For a number of years, we have noticed the mottoes that are 
hung on the walls of our homes. One that we refer to especially is, 
"God grant me Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The 
Courage to change the things I can, And 1 the Wisdom to know the 
difference-" 

I believe that as we study the Scriptures, we should come to the 
conclusion that they are Divine, and that the Doctrine that we have in 
the New Testament cannot be changed. Serenity means clear, calm, 
settled. Now the quicker we become convinced that the Word we 
have comes from God, and we cannot change it, the better off we are 
spiritually- 

But the true test comes, through courage, to change the things 
we can. And that is our own lives. Sure it takes courage to go 
out and be a true witness for our Lord. But, oh, the wisdom to 
know the difference is truly essential to our every good. 

Now, back to the writing at the head of the artcile. I feel that 
many times we are somewhat depressed because we feel that God does 
not answer our prayers according to our desires. But possibly the 
Lord, who watches over us, knows that it would not be good for us. 
It is entirely possible, yet today, our requests would bring leanness 
to our soul. That soul is the greatest possession that we have- 
Obedience, as the writer describes it, is one of the first things we 
can learn from the One above. And we can rest assured the Lord 
is very much pleased with that kind of worship. Is our desire to 
do better things or to do great things? Are we seeking for riches? 
Or are we satisfied with poverty, that we may be wise? Are we 



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wanting to enjoy life? Or are we content with life, might we add 
Godly life, that we might enjoy all things? The writer states, 
"He got nothing he asked for, but everything he had hoped for." 

God has a way of answering prayer and if we have inclined 
our hearts unto wisdom it is the best thing for our lives. 

I Tim. 6:6, "But godliness with contentment is great gain." 
Our prayer is that we might embrace Godly wisdom that we may 
have that contentment. 

— Brother Melvin Roesch 

• • • • • • 

THE NEW YEAR 

May each member of our beloved Dunkard Church resolve at 
the beginning of the New Year, that — 

I will start the year serenely 

With a true and noble aim, 
I will give unselfish service 

To enrich another's name. 

I will speak a word of courage 

To a soul enslaved by fear, 
I will dissipate drab discord, 

With the sunshine of good cheer- 

I will be sincere and humble 

In the work I have to do, 
I will praise instead of censure 

And see the good in you. 

I will keep my mind and body 

Sound 1 and flexible and pure, 
I will give my time and study, 

To the things that long endure. 

I will do what I am able 

To advance a worthy cause, 
I will strive to lessen evil 

And obey God's righteous laws. 

I will pray to Him to guide me 

In the straight and narrow way, 

I will shun false pride and folly, 
I will live my best today. 

— Selected by Brother Paul R. Myers 



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KIND WORDS 

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; — Unknown 



• • 



GOD'S MEANS OF GRACE 

qrace Th ol are Ako Se '"^ W °u rld Wh ° teach that we are saved by 
grace only. Also, we have the teaching of faith only. We know 

that we are saved by the grace of God. But I ask the Question 
|us how are we saved by the grace of God? I John 1 "7 "But f ."' 

dnJc haV L iU ^u read ' a " article which sa V s ^re are no do's and 
donts in the Christian religion. How misleading! We know the™ 
are according to the teachings of Christ The arace of Cnri * ♦ 
bnngeth salvation hath appeared to all men 9 ^ 

The grace of God and the love of God were so areat that H. 
Z sin! °o?' y m ^ rhe^ 6 7d r ' d t0 *? HiS ' ife a " d H ^l!S fo 
for him 5 Id -a, ^X^™7^^r^ 
cant save anyone unless he wants to be saved Lm t 1 
Plainly teaches that the blood of JhHsttaki^way^rS £?K 

Sment TaysTnd^l w- ^ ? ^ ' ^ "hat "the "nL 

Sd of Christ. W3nt t0 Sh ° W the P ° int ° f conta * with the 

Hearing the Word of God produces faith in Christ. When we 



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are convinced of sin, then we are ready to admit our guilt and accept 
His means of grace. Faith is the first step in the means of grace. 
Without faith it is impossible to please God, Heb. 11:6. Our faith 
comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, Rom. 10:17. 
Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be 
saved, and thy house." So the next thing Paul did was to teach 
him the Word of the Lord. After Paul taught him the Word of the 
Lord, he believed and was baptized, and all his house. 

Faith is the first step in God's plan of salvation. The second 
step is repentance. Christ said that unless ye repent ye shall all 
likewise perish- Paul says in II Cor. 7:10, "For godly sorrow worketh 
repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the 
world worketh death." 

When a man has faith in Christ and repents of his sins, and 
believes that He came from God and went to God, he then is ready 
to confess Christ. The liberal teachers today are teaching that Jesus 
i,s just a good man, and brought in the social gospel they teach. 
Unless we believe that Jesus is the Son of God our faith in Him 
amounts to nothing. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, 
we are of all men most miserable," I Cor. 15:19. 

The next step is baptism. It seems when you mention baptism 
there is always someone to object or doubt its importance. I find 
right in the church there are those who don't want it preached. I 
believe it is necessary to be baptized in order to be saved. Why 
must I be baptized to be saved? Because Christ said so. Mark 16:16. 
No better answer can be given; no other answer can be given- There 
is no cleansing power in the water; the cleansing power is in the 
blood of Christ. The water is simply an instrument employed by 
Christ to measure the faith of the one that desires to be saved. 
Baptism is the time and place at which Christ will forgive sins. Acts 
2:38. At that time and place God applies the blood of Christ to 
the sinner. The blood washes away the guilt and the stain of sin, 
and erases the penalty which is due. 

In Rom. 6:3,4, Paul says that we are baptized into the death of 
Christ. We therefore obtain the benefits of that death at baptism. 
Christ shed His blood in His death. We are baptized into His death. 
Therefore we are baptized into contact with His blood 1 . Baptism is 
the point of contact with His blood. 

In Gal. 3:26,27, the Apostle tells us that we are children of God 
in Christ. The reason he gives is, "For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ." How many put on Christ? 
"As many as were baptized into Christ." Therefore we are baptized 
into contact with His blood. Baptism is the point of contact. 

In Eph. 2:12,13, we are told that those who once were "without 
Christ, being aliens from the comomnwealth of Israel, and strangers 
from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God 
in the world," are now ". . . made nigh by the blood of Christ." We 



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are made nigh by the blood of Christ, because we are baptized 
into Christ- The blood is in Christ, so to get to the blood we must 
be baptized into Christ where the blood is. We are baptized into 
contact with the blood of Christ: baptism is the point of contact. 

God's means of grace which Jesus brought into this world, and 
which He and His apostles preached is faith, repentance, confession, 
and baptism. If we leave one out we lose contact with the blood of 
Christ. I believe this is the reason the Devil doesn't want man to 
preach the full Gospel. If he can just get man to leave only one off, 
then man is not saved. James says if we keep the whole law, and 
offend in one point we are guilty of it all. I trust all can see the 
importance of baptism, and preach it more, for it is the point of 
contact with the blood of Christ. 
- Brother W. E. Bashor, 867 Lorna Drive, Glen Ellen, CA. 95442 

••••••• 

MY CHURCH 

My Church helps me: 

To keep a sky in my life and to look up. 

To keep my hand in God's and hold 1 on to Him, 

To see the eternal values above the material, 

To lift life above self to service for Christ, 

To see the good in others and praise it, 

To keep sweet and to keep busy for Him, 

To have a seeing eye, a feeling heart, a helping hand, 

To test the motive of life and choose the best, 

To do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly- 

- Selected by Sister Shirley Stump, R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

WHAT'S THE USE 

To "have a good time" at the expense of an uneasy conscience 
in the morning. 

To lose our temper at the expense of losing a friend. 

To cheat a corporation at the expense of robbing our souls. 

To go to church in the morning, if we are planning to go to the 
devil in the evening. 

To have an enemy if we can have a friend. 

To sow wild oats if we have to buy our own crop. 

To spend the last half of life in remorse or regret for the first half. 

To be discourteous, irreverent, or cynical. 

To give God the husks instead of the heart. 

To live at all unless we live for all. 

— Charles M. Sheldon 



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SENTENCE SERMONS 

The Christian is not merely knowing or hearing, but doinq the 
will of Christ. 

The light nature, the light of science, and the light of reason 
are but as darkness, compared with the Divine light which shines 
only from the Word of God. 

If God is not as near to you as He once was, rest assured it is 
not God that has moved. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation enjoyed a two weeks revival 
meeting with Elder Melvin Roesch as the evangelist. He gave us 
many inspiring messages. We were glad to heve Sister Roesch with 
us during these meetings. May the Lord richly bless Brother and 
Sister Roesch as they continue working for their Master. 

Our fall Lovefeast was October 8. Ministers present throughout 
the day were Joshua Rice, Jacob Ness, Eldon Mallow, Virgil Leather- 
man, Emmert Shelly, Howard Surbey, and Carl Broadwater. In the 
evening we surrounded the tables with Brother Carl Broadwater 
officiating. 

Since our last report one was received into the church by baptism 
Let us pray that he will remain fathful to his vows. 

May the Lord help us all to be more faithful and walk closer 
to Him. 

— Sister Elizabeth Wisler, Cor. 
OMISSION 

It s regretted that in the last paragraph of "Works of the Flesh" 
(December 15, 1972 Bible Monitor) the chapter was omitted It 
should be Mark 13:34-37. 

— Editor 
OBITUARY 

JONAS BROADWATER 

Son of William and Hester Broadwater was born on October 10, 
1871, near Avilton, Maryland and passed away October 22 1972' 
in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Swanton, Maryland, at the age 'of 10l' 



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years, and 12 days. 

He was united in marriage to Edith Mae Broadwater on March 22, 
1896, and to this union were born nine children, six of whom 
survive- Those who survive are: 2 sons, William and Alvin, both of 
Savage River; 4 daughters, Mrs. Virgil (Hildi) Sines, Mrs. Ellsworth 
(Mamie) Broadwater, Mrs. Harry (Lavada) Bittinger, all of Savage 
River, and Mrs. Merle (Sadie) Wilt of Deer Park, Maryland; 23 grand- 
children; 52 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. 

Preceding him in death was his wife, Edith, in 1954, and 3 
daughters, Stella and Ruby in early life, and Mrs- Everett (Lennie) 
Broadwater in 1965. 

He was a moving influence in 1911 in the building of the Broad- 
water Chapel of the Dunkard Brethren Church, where he has served 
in capacity of deacon, minister, and elder. 

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 25, 1972, 
at 1:00 P. M., in the Broadwater Chapel. Elder Harley Flory officiated, 
assisted by Brethren Howard Broadwater and Benjamin Lebo. Brother 
Car! Broadwater had charge of the services in the Broadwater Family 
Cemetery- 

JOHN MERL SPONSELLER 

Son of John and Jennie Sponsellor was born on April 9, 1901, 
in Defiance County, Ohio, and departed this life at the Bryan Hospital, 
Bryan, Ohio, on November 2, 1972, at the age of 71 years, 6 months, 
and 26 days. 

In December 1926, he was united in marriage to the former 
Agnes Dishong, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jerald and 
Marvin of Sherwood; two sisters, Mrs, Ray (Pearl) Rensberger, 
Sherwood, and Mrs. Velma St. John, Bryan; seven grandchildren; 
and two great-grandchildren. 

Services were conducted Saturday, November 4, 1972, at 1:30 
P. M., in the Greenisen Funeral Home, Sherwood. Elder Harley Flory 
officiated, assisted by Elder Vern Hostetler. Burial was in the 
Sherwood Cemetery. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR FEB., 1973 

Feb. 4 — Thanksgiving and praise for victory over their enemies. 

Judges 5:1-31- 
Feb. 1 1 — Oppression of Israel for turning to other Gods. 

Judges 6:1-1 1. 

Feb. 18 — Gideon chosen of God to deliver Israel. Judges 6:12-27. 
Feb. 25 — Gideon begs a sign from God. Judges 6:28-40. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR FEBRUARY, 1973 

CALLED 



Memory Verse, II Sam- 22:4 
I will call on the Lord, who is 
worthy to be praised: so shall 
I be saved from mine enemies 

Thurs. 1-Jud. 16:15-31 

Fri. 2-1 Sam. 3:1-21 

Sat. 3-1 Sam. 9:1-27 

Memory Verse, II Sam. 22:7 
In my distress I called upon 
the Lord, and cried to my 
God: and he did hear my 
voice out of his temple, and 
my cry did enter into his ears. 

Sun. 4-1 Sam. 10:1-27 

Mon. 5-1 Sam. 12:1-25 

Tues. 6-1 Sam. 16:1-23 

Wed. 7-1 Sam. 28.1-25 

Thurs. 8-11 Sam. 15:1-23 

Fri. 9- II Sam. 18:1-33 

Sat. 10-11 Sam. 22:1-51 

Memory Verse, I Kings 8:43 
Hear thou in heaven thy 
dwelling place, and do accord- 
ing to all that the stranger 
calleth to thee for: that all 
people of the earth may know 
thy name, to fear thee, as do 
thy people Israel; and that 
they may know that this 
house, which I have builded, 
is called by thy name. 



Sun. 11-1 Kings 8:22-43 
Mon. 12-1 Kings 8:44-61 
Tues. 13-1 Kings 17:1-24 
Wed. 14-1 Kings 18:17-40 
Thurs. 15-11 Kings 3:1-27 
Fri. 16-11 Kings 5:1-27 
Sat. 17-1 Chron. 11:1-19 

Memory Verse, II Chron. 7:14 
If my people, which are called 
by my name, shall humble 
themselves, and pray, and 
seek my face, and turn from 
their wicked ways; then will I 
hear from heaven, and will 
forgive their sin, and will heal 
their land- 
Sun. 18-1 Chron. 13:1-14 
Mon. 19-1 Chron. 16:7-36 
Tues. 20-1 Chron. 21:1-30 
Wed. 21-11 Chron. 7:1-22 
Thurs. 22-Est. 4:1-17 
Fri. 23-Job 14:1-22 
Sat. 24-Psa. 4:1-8 

Memory Verse, Job 14:15 
Thou shalt call, and I will 
answer thee: thou wilt have a 
desire to the work of thine 
hands. 

Sun. 25-Psa. 14:1-7 

Mon. 26-Psa. 17:1-15 

Tues. 27-Psa. 18:1-31 

Wed. 28-Psa. 20:1-9 



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It should be a genuine comfort to know that God has His hands 
on the steering wheel of the universe- 



W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI FEBRUARY 1, 1973 NO. 3 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ONLY LEAD ME HOME 

Only lead me home, dear Father, 

By the path Thy love has planned; 

Let me never fear to follow 

My good Shepherd's guiding hand. 

Not in ways that seem convenient 
Would I choose to travel home; 

Not in paths of ease and comfort 

Would my erring footsteps roam. 

For in paths that seem most pleasant. 

Hidden dangers lie concealed', 
Threatening to turn my footsteps 

From my Father's will revealed. 
Lead me round about, O Father, 

By a longer, harder way, 
If that path will bring me safely 

Home to Thee at close of day. 
Though the wilderness be weary, 

Joyful shall my journey be; 
Only lead me home, dear Father, 

In the path You've planned for me. 

— Lucy Conley 



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SANCTIFICATION FOR A PURPOSE 

"And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for 
tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you," Josh. 3:5. 

At the time Joshua spoke these words we find' the Israelites 
at the Jordan River. On the other side of the river was the 
Promised Land. It was a land "flowing with milk and honey." But 
first, they had to cross the river. We can well imagine this was 
one of the great tests of their lives. For this, they needed faith 
and strength- Therefore, they were told to sanctify themselves. 

The word sanctify literally means to separate or to set apart. 
Sanctification therefore means to be separated from the secular or 
the sinful and to be set apart for a special purpose — generally 
for a holy purpose. In the Old Testment, things and places were 
sanctified as well as people — consecrated 1 for holy purposes. 

"Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders 
among you." On the morrow they were to follow the Ark of the 
Covenant through the waters of Jordan. They needed to be strong. 
They also needed to be at peace with each other and with God. 
Because they were prepared, they miraculously crossed the Jordan 
the next day. After wandering forty years and with only two of 
the original number who left Egypt, they arrived at the land God had 
promised them. 

It is just as important, today, that we are sanctified - set apart 
— for God's use as it was with the Israelites. Wie need a proper 
frame of mind, for without such, we can accomplish no more than 
could the Israelites. 

We live in a pleasure-mad land- Seemingly, there is easy money 
to pursue the pleasures of life- Many have an easy way of life 
with the modern conveniences. Still, peace and contentment elude 
us. Contributing to this unstable condition are the tensions caused 
by wars, riots, burnings, lootings, murders, etc. From statistics, we 
read that in a ten year period the population increased 11% but 
crime increased 129%. 

Too often, the result of situations not to man's liking is to try 
to ignore them as much as possible. Consequently, some turn to 
worldly amusements. Some turn to the drinking habit- Others would 
take their mind off unpleasant things by turning to drugs. Yet none 
of these are the answer. All of these "cures" are but evidence of 
the cancer of sin. 

There is no question about it — we are living in difficult times. 
The Apostle Paul wrote, "This know also, that in the last days perilous 
times shall come," II Tim. 3:1. And that is mainly because men 
love themselves and want their own way. Joshua had the answer 
to the problems of his day just as he has for our time. 

"Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders 



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among you." As the children of Israel stood at Jordan's bank, they 
were expecting great things. We, too, can expect great things from 
God by separating ourselves from the evils of this world. We 
should be so completely set apart in our thinking, speaking, and 
doing that we can say with the Apostle Paul, "In him we live, and 
move, and have our being . . ." Acts 17:28. 

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NEWS ITEM 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

The Lord willing, 1973 General Conference will be held at the 
Maranatha Bible Camp, located 13 miles east of North Platte, Nebraska, 
on Interstate 80. More details and infromation will be given at a 
later date. 

- Brother Carl E. Reed, District Clerk 



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First Sat. April — Dallas Center, la. 
Last Sat. April- — Grandview, Mo. 
Last Sun. April — Bethel, Pa. 
First Sun. May — Waynesboro, Pa. 
Third Sat. May— Dayton, Va. 
Third Sat. May— West Fulton, O. 
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MINISTERIAL LIST 

BASHOR, W. E. (E) 
867 Lorna Drive 
Glen Ellen, California 95442 
634-3574 

BIRD, WALTER W. (E) 
R. 1, Box 93-A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317/395-3655 

BLOCKER, PAUL D. (E) 
R. 1 

Union, Ohio 45322 
513/836-3506 

BROADWATER, CARL (M) 
R. 6 

York, Pa. 17404 
717/792-1803 

BROADWATER, Howard W. (M) 
12 Macy Drive 
LaVale, Maryland 21504 
301/729-0898 

BYFIELD, PAUL (M) 

R. 7, Box 29-B 
Modesto, California 95351 
209/523-8412 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (M) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317/395-7879 



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CARPENTER, WM. (E) 

209 Church Street 
Blissfieild, Michigan 49228 
313/486-4293 

CHUPP, ALVIN (M) 
Box 281 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913/754-3598 

COOK, MILTON (M) 

Apt. 3, 1309 W. Lynne 
Anaheim, California 92802 

714/635-4575 

COVER, RUDOLPH (M) 

2307 Oakdale Rd, Space 34 
Modesto, California 95355 

EBERLY, ALLEN B. (E) 
R. 3 
Ephrata, Penna. 17522 

717/354-9285 

EBLING, DAVID (E) 
Box 26 

Bethel, Pa. 19507 
717/933-8192 

FLORA, JOSEPH E. (E) 
R. 1 

Add, Iowa 50003 
515/993-4382 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
R. 4 

Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419/497-2861 

FULK, BIEDLER (M) 
Fulk's Run, 
Virginia 22830 

GUNDERMAN, H. M. (E) 
R. 2, Box 80 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

HARLACHER, GALEN (E) 
404 Columbia Dr., N. W. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503/538-2033 



HARMAN, OSCAR PRICE (M) 
R. 1, Box 131 
Industry, Illinois 61440 
309/254-3258 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

Antioch, 

West Virginia 26702 

HARTZ, PAUL A., Jr. (M) 
703 W. Cherry Street 
Palmyra, Pa. 17078 

HOSTETLER, VERN (E) 
R. 3 

Montpelier, Ohio 43543 
419/485-4968 
JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 

Quinter, 
Kansas 67752 

JAMISON, HERMAN (M) 
Quinter, 
Kansas 67752 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
R. 5, Box 76 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419/335-9138 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (M) 
R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
703/434-7824 

KEGERREIS, DAVID (M) 
R. 1 
Bethel, Pa. 19507 

KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
R. 1, Box 92 
Richland, Pa. 17087 
717/933-4665 

KEENEY, LA VERNE (E) 
R. 4 

Lititz, Pa. 17543 
717/626-6505 



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LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 

R. 1, Box 46 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419/337-1176 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (M) 
419 N. Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
717/359-5753 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th St. 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 

MALLOW, ELDON (M) 
R. 1 

Clearviltte, Pa. 15535 

MYERS, HOWARD E. (E) 
R. 3 

York, Pa. 17402 
717/755-9812 

MYERS, PAUL R. (E) 
Box 117 
Greentown, Ohio 44630 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pa. 17403 
717/741-1607 

PEASE, WALTER C. (M) 
Box 293 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
R. 1 

Carlisle, Pa. 17013 
717/243-8328 

REED, D. PAUL (E) 
Rt. 3, Box 1 

Riner, Virginia 24149 

REED, HAYES (E.) 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 
523-2753 



REED, RAY R. (E) 
R. 1 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515/992-3613 

REED, R. Q. E. (E) 
Star Route 
Radford, Virginia 24141 

REED, W. S. (E) 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 
515/992-3583 

REPLOGLE, GEORGE E. (E) 
R. 2 

Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
513/947-2492 

RICE, JOSHUA (E) 
R. 3 

Frederick, Maryland 21701 
301/898-9741 

ROESCH, MELVIN C. (E) 
R. 1, Box 156 
West Unity, Ohio 43570 
419/924-5079 

ROOT, WM. (E) 

1612 Morphy Street 
Great Bend, Kansas 67530 
316/SW. 3-5284 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
R. 1 

Converse, Indiana 46919 
317/395-3751 

SCHULTZ, CLYDE E. (E) 
Box 105 
Turlock, California 95380 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
R. 4 

Greenoastle, Pa. 17225 
717/597-7282 



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SHANK, RAY S. (E) 

117 Beaver St., Box 263 
Dillsburg, Pa. 17019 
717/432-9166 

SHELLY, EMMERT O., Jr. (M) 
R. 2 

Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
717/359-4975 

SHUMAKE, L. A. (M) 
Rt. 5, Box 223 
Louisa, Virginia 23093 
703/967-1993 

SKILES, DANIEL C. (M) 
P. O. Box 186 
Elldridge, California 95431 
707/938-4860 

SKILES, DAVID L. (M) 
P. O. Box 188 
Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

SKILES, ORA (E) 
3623 Toomes Rd. 
Modesto, California 95351 

209/545-0551 

SMITH, WARREN C. (M) 
McClave, Colo. 81057 
303/ Hasty-2251 

SNYDER, JACK L. (M) 
R. 4 

Lititz Pa. 17543 
717/626-7174 

ST. JOHN, DEAN (E) 
R. 1, Box 103 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 

SURBEY, HOWARD J. (E) 

749 W. King St. 
Littlestown, Pa. 17340 
717/359-4272 

SWALLOW, JAMES F. (E) 
6560 Sonoma Mt. Rd. 
Santa Rosa, Calif. 95404 
707/LI. 5-1310 



SWIHART, FLOYD T. (E) 
1903 W. Clinton St. 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219/KE3-3357 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
R. 2, Box 221 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

WERTZ, EMERY (E) 
McClave, 
Colorado 

303/Hasty-2252 



DUNKARD BRETHREN DEACONS 

Armstrong, Ellis 

Beam, Willard 

Beeman, Edward 

Beeman, Oscar 

Beery, Ezra 

Bittinger, Robert 

Brooks, Marion 

Burtner, Clair 

Carpenter, John 
Diehl, Forrest 

Eberly, Marvin 

Flory, Claude I. 
Gehr, Clarence 
Gibbel, Jacob 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gilpin, Joseph 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, William 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kendall, Earl 
King, Norman 
Kline, Floyd 



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Kreiner, Lowell 
Leatherman, Thomas 
Lilly, Eldon 
Longnecker, George H. 
Longnecker, George T. 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, George 
Lorenz, Pete 
Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Levi H. 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Kyle 
Reed, Leonard 
Reed, Nelson R. 
Rice, Lawrence 
Rice, S. P. 
Roedel, Daniel 
Royer, Nathan 
Ruff, Harvey 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschaupt, John 
Sampson, George 
Shank, John 
Silknitter, Alvin 
Silknitter, Otis 
Sines, Virgil 
Snyder, Dwight 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Stump, Delma 



St. John, Clifford 
St. John, Samuel W. 
Swihart, Merle 
Switzer, Charles 
Sweitzer, Harry 
Throne, George 
Throne, Harvey 
Welch, Chester 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Richard J. 
Williams, John 
Wisler, John 
Withers, D. H. 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



GOSSIP, BOTH VERBAL 
AND BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that be- 
ing busybodies in other men's 
matters, is contrary to the Scrip- 
tures and it should not be in- 
dulged in, as it causes complaint 
end interference with the spir- 
itual life and work of those con- 
cerned. This applies especially 
where there may be trouble in 
the church, both to local mem- 
bers and those elsewhere, talking 
and writing about such matters. 

B. When advice is sought of an of- 
ficial in any church matter 
he (the official) should be 
exceedingly careful in giving 
advice, so as not to interfere in 
any way with proper care of dif- 
ficulties, by officials whose 
business they are. Elders and 
all others should, in seeking ad- 
vice, begin at home when at all 



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possible and be careful to pro- 
ceed regularly and in brotherly 
love. 

C. In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make state- 
ments that may be construed as 
derogatory to any member. If 
such things are done, full re- 
sponsibility must be understood 
as being assumed by the writer. 

D. Caucusing, that is, the talking 
over and planning by groups, 
what to do or how to move in 
any particular matter is unprof- 
itable, causative of distress and 
trouble and should not be in- 
dulged in by officials or any one 
else. 

E. Talking or circulating of what 
was done in council, either to 
members who were not present 
or to outsiders, is irregular and 
un-Christian and should not be 
indulged in. 



CIVILIAN SERVICE BOARD 

Ray Reed, Chairman 
R. 1 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515/992-3613 
Ray S. Shank, Exec. Secretary 
117 Beaver St., Box 263 
Dillsburg, Pa. 17019 
717/432-9166 
Charles Leatherman 
R. 1, Box 46 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419/337-1176 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer E>r. 
Modesto, California 95350 
209/523-2753 



Allen B. Eberly 
R. 3 

Ephrata, Pa. 17522 
717/354-9285 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 
R. 4 

Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
717/597-7282 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 
512 Garfield 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913/754-3433 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 
Minburn, 
Iowa 50167 
515/677-2467 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 
Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 
R. 1, Box 46 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419/337-1176 



LOCATION OF CHURCH 
HOUSES 

BETHEL, PA. 

Frystown House, located in Frys- 
town, in northwestern Berks Coun- 
ty, one mile south of Route 22 and 
one mile west of Route 501. 

Milbach House, located halfway 
between Kleinfeltersville and New- 
manstown, in Lebanon County, or 
halfway between Schafferstown and 
Womelsdorf, Pa. 

CLEARVILLE, PA. 
Wards Church, located 14 miles 

southwest of Everett, Pa., all im- 
proved roads. From Everett take 



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Route 26 to Clearville, Pa. At 
Clearville straight ahead South, 
leaving Rt. 26, which turns right, 
one and one-half miles, then turn 
right at fork. Ward's church is 
five miles on the left. 

DALLAS CENTER 
IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on 
Route 44, twenty-four miles north- 
west of Des Moines. Turn south 
off of Route 64 on to Percival Ave. 
(first street west of R. R. tracks) ; 
the church is located 3 blocks south 
on the southeast corner of Perci- 
val and Ash Streets. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 
Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg exit No. 63. Go to 
second stop light, Route 42; turn 
left to Dayton, (3 miles) right on 
Route 257 two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, 
Rt. 440 and Rt. 48 cross at the 
center of Englewood. Church house 
is located on the right of Rt. 48, 
one block north of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 
Located on Green Road, one 
block north of county No. 130. 
Take U. S. 33 or Indiana No. 15 to 
Goshen, turn west at Police booth. 
Four blocks beyond bridge, turn 
right on North Indiana Ave., one 
block turn left on W. Clinton St. 
One mile to Green Rd., right one 
block and church is located on east 
side of road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Gnandview Church is locat- 
ed south of Grandview. Take the 
west access road of 71 Highway 
1% miles south to 139th St., turn 



west, go to the second street and 
south one block. 

LITITZ, PA. 
At Broad and Main Streets, turn 
east on Main St. and continue for 
two blocks, turn right or south on 
Willow Street. Church house is 
one block. 

MECHANICSBURG, 
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PA. 
Located between Routes 15 and 
11. The town is bisected by Route 
114 into East and West, and by 
Route 641 into North and South. 
The church is located on West 
Keller St., or corner of Keller and 
Washington Street four blocks west 
of Market St. or Route 114. Leav- 
ing the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle interchange, Route 11 
will lead east to Route 114. Leav- 
ing the Turnpike at Gettysburg in- 
terchange, Route 16 will lead west 
to Route 114. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 
The Cloverleaf church is located 
one mile north of U. S. Highway 
No. 50, four miles west of Mc- 
Clave junction, or two miles east 
of Hasty, Colo., on U. S. No. 50 
and then north one mile. 

MIDWAY, INDIANA 
An old red brick school house on 
your right, as you travel southeast 
from Peru, just off U. S. Highway 
31, three miles from the Court- 
house, which is located near the 
center of Peru, Indiana. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MD. 
Seven miles north of Frederick, 
in the little town of Mountaindale, 
Md., from east go through town 
to west on road from Lewistown to 
Yellow Springs, two miles from 



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Lewistown and three miles from 
Yellow Springs. If travelling U. S. 
15, this road crosses No. 15, half 
mile west of Lewistown and six 
miles south of Thurmont. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIF. 

Coming from the north on Rt. 
99, to Ceres, go through underpass, 
turn right to stop sign on El Ca 
mino St., turn left on Park St. to 
6th St., turn right one block to 
Roeding Ave., turn left and go 1^ 
miles to the Church on Roeding. 
Coming from the south, turn off 
highway on El Camino to stop 
sign, turn left en Park St. and fol 
low above directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 
Located in William County, four 
miles west of West Unity, forty 
rods north of Route 20 alternate. 
Two miles east of junction of Ohio 
Route 15 and U. S. Route 20 al- 
ternate. 

PLEVNA, IND. 
Route 18 passes east and west 
through Converse, Route 513passes 
north and south through Con- 
verse. From Converse south, two 
and one-half miles, turn right on 
blacktop road and go six miles 
west to Plevna; church is near the 
square of Plevna. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 
Highway 99W enters Newberg 
in east-west direction. Those en- 
tering from the east on First St., 
go to second stop light, turn right 
on North Main. Go four blocks 
to the church on left corner of N. 
Main and Franklin Sts. Entering 
from the west, turn left at first 
stop light onto N. Main. 



ORION, OHIO 
Located in northeastern Ohio, on 
Orion Read, one fourth mile west 
of State Rt. 8, at a point six miles 
north of Canton or one and one- 
half miles north of North Canton 
and 17 miles south of Akron. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 
Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

SOUTH FULTON, ILLINOIS 
Astoria, 111., is located on Rt. 24, 
coming from east or west, turn 
south at the bank corner marked 
by the big clock. Two miles south 
and on the right at top of hill. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 
Church is located in west side of 
town, on corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Ave., go two blocks and 
turn left en Third Street, church- 
house is one block. 

SHREWSBURY, PA. 
Fourteen miles south of York on 
Route 111, at the north end of the 
town of Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MD. 
Traveling U. S. Rt. 50, turn 
north at Red house, half way be- 
tween Clarksburg and Winchester, 
follow Rt. 219 to Oakland, there 
turn left on county road 20. The 
church is on Rt. 20, about nine 
miles north of Oakland. Traveling 
U. S. Route 40, turn south onto 
Rt. 219, at Keyser Ridge, follow 
Route 219 about four miles past 
Deep Great Lake, turn right on 
county road 20 at a store. The 
church is one and one-half miles 
Swallow Falls Park. 



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WALNUT GROVE, MD. 
About midway between Freder- 
ick, Md., and Hanover, Pa.; One- 
fourth mile east of Route 194, at 
an intersection three miles north of 
Taneytown, Maryland. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 
Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U. S. Route 20 alternate, three and 
one-half miles west of junction of 
Ohio, Route 108 and U. S.. Route 
20 alternate. 

WINTER HAVEN, CALIF. 
Located in Cherry Valley. Go 
north of Beaumont on Beaumont 
Avenue, go right on Brookside 
(marked with a Highland Springs 
sign) to Jonathan, left to Lincoln 
and right to the church. 

MISSIONS 

CLEARVILLE, PA— In South 

Central Pennsylvania, about half- 



way between Everett on Route 30 
and Piney Grove on Route 40. 
About six miles south of Clear- 
ville, Pa., along hard road a little 
east of Route 26. Services second 
and fourth Sunday, 10:00 a. m. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 
Located southwest of Cuba, New 
Mexico, 23 miles. Turn on State 
Highway 197 in Cuba. Follow 
Route 197 for 19 miles when you 
will take an unpaved road to the 
left. A mission sign marks this 
junction. Proceed 3 miles to the 
mission. Present personnel in- 
cludes David and Mildred Skiles 
and family; Tobe and Vera 
Swihart and family; Mary Ellen 
Royer; and Mary Jane Reed. 
Visitors would be wise to notify 
mission in advance. Address, P. O. 
Box 188, Cuba, New Mexico 87013. 
Please contact for further infor- 
mation. 



• • • 



THINK THIS OVER! 

I have so many faults myself, I seldom ever see — A defect in another's 

life, but what I see in me. 
I make so many fool mistakes I feel condemned to find, A bit of 

fault in anyone, when I'm so far behind. 

I used to censure everyone — I was a Pharisee — Until, quite unexpect- 
edly, I got a glimpse of me. 

I tried to justify myself, and frame some alibi; But here I stood caught 
by myself, And I to me would lie. 

And when I'm inclined, some other's judge to be, I always stop and 

take a look, at him whom I call me- 
I find it is a splendid thing; just try it and you'll see. To keep from 

criticizing folks, Let each I look at ME! 

— Author Unknown 



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LIST OF 1-W WORKERS 



1. Jerry Morehouse 
Married 
Asst. Supt., Elkhart County Home 

Elkhart, Indiana 
804 E. Reynolds, Goshen, IN. 

46526 
West Unity, Ohio 43S70 
West Fulton Cong. 
Edward Johnson 
July 24, 1972 

2. Paul Heisey 
Single 
Orderly, Fairlawn Haven Rest 

Home, Archbold, Ohio 
R. 1, Box 156, West Unity, Ohio 

43570 
R. 1, Bradford, Ohio 45308 
Engilewood Cong. 
Melvin Roesch 
July 10, 1972 

3. Douglas Carpenter 
Married 
House-man, Elkhart General 

If church members or friends of our boys, who are in 1-W service, 
(wish to correspond with and encolurage them, this is the list which I 
have been furnished by the other four members of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church's Civilian Service Board. 

If parents of any registrant flind any omission, please advise me, 
and my record can be corrected. 

While the outlook is for ending the Draft by mid-1973, each registrant 
Who enters 1-W work, should write me and give the eight facts listed in 
the KEY. Such registrants, during 1973, will serve his two years, 
according to present regulations. Of course, those now in Service will 
complete their two years. 

"KEY" To The List Of 1-W Workers 

1 — Name of 1-W worker 5 — Home address 

2— Married or Single 6— Local Congregation 

3 — Name of project where serving 7— Presiding Elder 

4— Current address 8— .Beginning date 

Ray S. Shank, Executive Secretary 

Civilian Service Board 

Dunkard Brethren Church 



Hospital, Elkhart, Indiana 
909 N. Indiana Ave., Goshen, IN. 

46526 
207 S. Liberty St., R. 2 

West Unity, Ohio 43570 
West Fulton Cong. 
Edward Johnson 
October 19, 1972 

4. Wayne Allen Weaver 
Single 

Penhurst State School 

Spring City, Pa. 19475 

R. 1, Bernville, Pa. 19506 

Bethel Cong. 

David F. Ebling 

Nov. 14, 1972 

5. David L. Johns 
Married 

Menno Haven Nursing Home 
R. 4, Shippensburg, Pa. 
R. 1, Paradise, Pa. 
Northern Lancaster Co. 
James Kegerreis 






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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
Quinter, Kansas, 67752 

Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

Paul Blocher, Treasurer 
R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte. Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117 Greentown, OH. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93 A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Mich. 49228 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, OH. 44630 
Dale Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 6775,2 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 3, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95351 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



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Live as with God; and whatever be your calling, pray for the gift 
that will perfectly qualify you in it. 



W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI FEBRUARY 15, 1973 NO. 4 



'For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



"LORD, BE THOU MY HELPER" 

Psalm 30:10 

I do not ask for calm, still waters, 

Or for pastures green and fair, 
But as I face the tempest's fury. 

Lord, I plead Thy presence there. 

I do not ask a sunlit pathway, 

Or for a life-road free from fear, 
But as I walk amid earth's darkness, 

Guardian of my soul, be near. 

Oh, hold me, Saviour, closely to Thee, 
Fill my heart with Thine own grace, 

That through the fear and desolation 
I may see Thee, face to face. 

When darkened skies and 1 raging billows 
Will but prove how strong Thou art. 

And all the dreadful shades of night, but 
Draw me nearer to Thy heart. 

— Selected 

The Cause And Cure Of Defeat OOOnhz- 



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THE CAUSE AND CURE OF DEFEAT 

God's people can meet with defeat. This may be a startling 
statement, but we have only to look into the Word or to look about 
us to see this is true- 

We all know it is not the purpose of God that we suffer defeat. 
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, 
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord 1 . Let not sin there- 
fore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lust 
thereof," Rom. 6:11-12. The Apostle John writes, "My little children, 
these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man 
sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous," 
I John 2:1. 

While we know it is not the purpose of God that a child of 
His should be defeated, still we know it sometimes happens. 
Furthermore, the defeat of a child of God brings reproach upon God's 
holy name. As the people of Israel went up against the Amorites 
they were routed. Joshua was greatly concerned as to what the 
Canaanites would do, but he was even more concerned because of 
the reproach on God's name. Read Josh- 7. 

We wish to consider the cause of defeat. No doubt there are 
a number of factors bearing on the subject of defeat, but we want to 
consider what we feel to be the three most important factors. The 
first cause of defeat, it appears, was selfconfidence. In Joshua, 
chapter 6, we read of the taking of Jericho by simply following the 
instructions the Lord gave them. Josh. 6:27 tells us, "So the Lord 
was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the 
country." Few can take honor and fame in stride. We also wonder 
if they were thankful for the taking of Jericho. Paul took pleasure 
in infirmities and reproaches, "for when I am weak, then am I 
strong," II Cor. 12:10. We dare not trust in the arm of flesh. 

The next cause of defeat we wish to consider is the neglect of 
prayer. Ezra and Nehemiah were men of prayer who sought God's 
help in their endeavors. But we do not read in Josh. 7 that Joshua 
sought God's help as they went up to Ai. Certainly, we should 
consider it a necessity to seek God's help at the beginning of great 
tasks and to express our thanks for His help at the end thereof. 

Still another cause of defeat is disobedience:. How can we 
expect God to further any cause we embrace if we are disobedient? 
Again, in Josh. 7:11, one 1 man sinned, but all Israel was accounted 
as having transgressed God's covenant with them. Is this not true 
of the churches? When even one member steps aside, it brings 
reproach upon the entire body. Therefore, we see the necessity of 
walking uprightly. 

But thank God there is a cure. It i.sn't the Christian's lot to 
perpetually live in defeat, "For sin shall not have dominion over you: 
for ye are not under the law, but under grace- What then? shall 



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we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God 
forbid," Rom. 6:14-15- 

Achan was guilty of taking things that were not his for which 
he lost his life and 1 all his possessions — even his family. He 
confessed that he took the garment, the silver, and the wedge of 
gold. "I saw ... I coveted ... I took," Josh. 7:20-21. Oh, what 
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life can 
do to a person! 

We read that he confessed his sin, but not that he repented. 
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth 
and forsaketh them shall have mercy," Prov- 28:13. 

May God help us to obey, to pray, and to put our confidence 
in Him. 

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THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR 

We are made to think of all the wonderful blessings that God 
has given us in the past year. We trust each of us are now looking 
forward 1 to bright prospects for another year if we are willing to 
trust God in peace unshaken. 

We would like to give a few thoughts from Gen. 28:20. "And 
Jacob vowed a vow saying, If God will be with me, and will keep 
me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and 
raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in 
peace; then shall the Lord be my God." 

Jacob had deceived his father and was fleeing because he 
was fearful of the revenge of an angry brother. The following 
morning Jacob made a vow, very much feeling the need of God 

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to preserve, guide, and sustain him. 

It seems in times of distress or trouble people look to the 
Lord for help, but too often when all things go well with us we are 
prone to forget God, and fail to beseech Him in prayer. 

Jacob is beseeching God to provide the necessary things of life, 
food and raiment, and vows if God would keep him he would 
follow and obey Him. He recognizes that God is the giver of 
every perfect gift. 

As we think back in the past year we see that God has indeed 
been gracious to us. God supplies the Spiritual blessings that we 
stand in need of each day- Gen. 32:9,10, "And Jacob said, O God 
of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which 
saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and 
I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all 
the mercies, and 1 of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy 
servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am 
become two bands." 

Jacob is now returning home after twenty years. In the ninth 
verse we read that the message had come to him to return to his 
father's house. The Lord had assured him that he would deal 
bountifully with him. Jacob felt his unworthiness. 

Many here, can look back over twenty years in which many 
blessings were received. Many others have lived three times that 
many years. Consider the blessings of the past years — blessings 
poured out without measure to us. 

We picture the humility of Jacob. He says I am not worthy 
of the least of God's blessings. We may take for granted many of 
the lesser blessings such as the sunshine and 1 rain. He sends the 
sun on the just and the unjust alike- Let us consider the greatest 
of God's mercies — the giving of His Son for the forgiveness of 
our sins, and the hope of eternal life and expectation of the coming 
of our Lord to gather home His people. Nothing that we have 
done would merit the least of God's mercies. Often we are dis- 
obedient to the Word and fail to do the will of God. It should 
be punishment and chastisement, but He has blotted out our iniquity 
if we have accepted' the atoning work of our Saviour. 

Jacob has learned much in his stay away from home. He was 
humble before God. He was as needful of God's mercies as he was 
twenty years before when he first left home. He did not know the 
attitude of the brother, whom he had angered. Many fears passed 
through his mind as he besought God. 

When he left his father's house, he had very little- We know 
he had his staff or walking stick. He also took oil with him, but 
what else he may have had, we are not sure. Now he is returning, 
with his wife and eleven children, along with flocks and much 
other goods, yet he knew he needed protection that only God could 
give him- We can think of a different circumstance when Naomi 



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left the land of Caanan with her husband and two sons. She left 
full and came back empty. 

The lot of Christians may not follow the same pattern of some- 
one else's life. One person's life may be completely different from 
another, yet he may be living in obedience to the will of the Lord. 
As we recount any period of time we surely are not worthy 
of God's blessing. If we say we are worthy, we are exalting self 
and this is displeasing to God. The Apostle Paul felt his humble- 
ness and unworthiness when he said that he was not meet to be 
called a disciple because of the former way in which he had wasted 
the church. As Jacob was keeping himself humble he speaks of 
the greatness of God. If we think higher of ourselves than we 
ought to think we fail to magnify God as we should. 

AAicah 6:8, "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and 

what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love 

mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" We know what is 

accepted in the eyes of God. We know what God hath promised. 

Do we count the Word of God as a Gem with precious truths? The 

command for humbleness was carried over into the New Testament. 

In Luke 14:10, Jesus instructed His disciples to take the lower seats 

so they might be invited higher if bidden. "Humble yourselves 

in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up," James 4:10. Not 

low in character in the beggerly things of this world, but a humble 

spirit. We have nothing to boast of. God could soon cut us off. 

We are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to 

think. We are to submit ourselves to the elder and be clothed 

with humility, because God resists the proud and favors them that 

walk humbly with Him. 

All of life may not have been what we desired, but when we 
sum it up, God surely has been good to us. Our loved ones, 
our church fellowship, our hope of eternal life, and God's promise 
to be with us as a daily companion, should mean much to us. 
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had the companionship of 
Jesus. How they were thrilled with His presence! 

The Word of God is a light to our pathway. Do we enter 
into this new year with an expectation of serving Him better? 
This year may bring bitter things to us. It may bring many joys. 
If we commit our lives to Him, who doeth all things well, we need 
not fear the future. In the hereafter we are confident that there 
will be peace and joy- 

Let^us maintain a feeling of humility as Jacob said, "I am un- 
worthy!" May this be our attitude as we go into another year. 
Whatever the future may bring, if we are in His will, all is well. 

- Sermon by Brother Paul Blocher 
Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 



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ARE MOST CHURCHES LITTLE MORE THAN 
CAMOUFLAGED CLUB HOUSES? 

Such a question may rock you slightly, but if you will 
think soberly for a moment you know it is true. If from your 
Bible you have learned anything about the Church Christ estab- 
lished in the New Testament and compare it with the nature and 
activities of today's churches, there is little similarity, if any. And 
you can know and see that as well as I can. If what the Bible 
and Christ say concerning the Church means anything to you, you 
will profit by a comparison to be made in just a moment. 

In the New Testament there were local congregations. These 
local congregations were instructed by Christ as to what their 
responsibilities were. One responsibility was that they meet together 
in an assembly to worship God. Of course they were to be 
Christians every day- Then there were certain responsibilities they 
had collectively- In their collective responsibility they needed a 
place in which to meet- As the Bible taught concerning the 
collection, they were to meet for the purpose of worshipping and 
serving God. The purpose of the local Church and the contribution 
was to provide benevolence and help for those in need, for the 
preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and for the edification and build- 
ing up of those who were already Christians. 

There was a time when religious people built houses to serve 
as meeting places for worship and 1 the public proclamation of the 
Gospel. It was understood that these houses, popularly styled church 
buildings were for a specific purpose and there was little thought 
of turning them into anything else. The Lord's command for 
Christians to assemble, necessitated a place and this of course gives 
authority for the Church to make its own provision for a place of 
worship. Meeting houses were generally paid for out of the Church's 
treasury and were erected for the sole purpose of making it possible 
for Christians to assemble in comfortable, dignified surroundings to 
carry out the Lord's commands. It was generally considered improper 
for these buildings to be used for other activities. This reasoning 
was based upon what the Lord had said in the Scriptures. 

Now it is different. We take money today and build a place 
to assemble and its purpose, at least in the beginning, is for worship. 
But we wear it out not in what God has commanded the Church to 
do at all, but in making it a center for social activities and enter- 
tainment. The modern church building is usually a camouflaged club 
house. It i,s that simply because the activities engaged in are 
very similiar to those in club houses- In many cases it is equipped 
with a completely furnished kitchen, dining tables, recreation hall, 
sometimes a gymnasium, special rooms for club meetings and 
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with the preaching of the Gospel which God has authorized. More- 
over, the men who preach for churches having such as this often preach 
very little Bible. They are politicians, promoters, pastors over 
picnics, parties, pagents and popular pleasures. Some think they 
are putting God into our daily living by turning houses of worship 
into community centers. That was not necessary in the first century, 
but what they're really doing is modifying riligion, making it more 
worldly to attract the masses. 

God ought to have first place in all that we do. Daily living 
should be Christ centered. However, turning houses built for worship 
into club houses, putting popular promoters into pulpits, and making 
church funds for worldly pleasure and using them for that, is not 
going to make men more consecrated to Christ. We think we're 
really converting the world to Christ? What we're really doing 
and what is really happening is this — churches are simply getting 
more and more like the world. 

There are still Churches that place stress on spirituality. They 
should make no apology that their meeting houses are not equipped to 
be club houses. We do not regard the place of worship itself as sacred 
as the temple and tabernacle were in the Old Testament. We do 
regard worship as a thing sacred, and therefore intend to preserve 
the dignity of our meeting place for that purpose as God has required- 

The meeting house of the Lord's Church is not looked upon by 
the community as a social center, because that is not what it is, 
nor is it intended to be. It is not a hang-out for parties, it is not a 
place for social gatherings whether for older people or younger 
people. Passers-by never see the beer truck or the soft drink truck 
parked at the rear door- And 1 the preacher may not know much 
about fund raising and be no politician, he may not have a string 
of degrees after his name nor some handle in front of his name, 
but he does study the Bible diligently and earnestly tries to preach 
it. 

May our Church houses continue to be for worship services 
and the ministers dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel. 

— Adapted from Facts of Faith 



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I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, 
but I have heard a great deal about the ACTS of the apostles. 
Many folks would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. 

***** 

Too many Christians are anemic because they chew on the husks 
of wordly pleasure, rather than feed on the bounties of God's well- 
prepared table. 



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SOMETHING NEW 

The holiday has ended. Perhaps we have new things; maybe 
new clothes or articles given us by friends and loved ones. We 
are looking forward to a New Year. Well, anyway, the old year has 
come and gone. It has gone forever. What has passed we can't 
change. It's too late for that now. We wonder what the New 
Year has in store for us. Never again can we realize any part of 
the past year. It is lost in memory. 

But we are on the threshold of a New Year- We have dreams 
for 1973. Who knows whether these plans will be brought to 
fruition? One thing we do know — we are closer to eternity 
than we have ever been before. How is our spiritual life? O, 
Yes! We have plans for our everyday life. Our worldly life is 
fine. We have plans for wordly gain — some plans for improving 
our homes, our farms, our places of business are in the making. 
My, how we do plan for our comfort and ease. But how are we 
planning our spiritual life? 

Let us strive to live our life in 1973 closer to Jesus than we 
ever have before. Let us be a better example. May He help us 
to be more meek, and 1 to speak words of comfort and cheer to our 
discouraged loved ones. May He help us to use this year for the 
betterment of His Kingdom. Who knows what the year may hold? 
Who knows if we even have this year? We have seen several 
friends and loved ones laid to rest in 1972- What will we see 
in 1973? 

Will Jesus come to take His own? How many will die unsaved, 
going to utter destruction? God's Word says, "Boast not thyself 
of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth," 
Prov. 27:1. "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a 
little time, and then vani.sheth away. For that ye ought to say, 
If the Lord will we shall live, and do this, or that," Jas. 4:14-15. 

To sensible people everywhere, the New Year is a time for 
taking stock. Businessmen take inventory to see how much stock 
they have on hand 1 . They go over receipts to check what they 
have earned in the past year. This is good business and they 
may change hands or methods to improve in the future. 

We, as children of God thank Him for the blessings of the year- 
But we feel we didn't do all we should have. If we confess our 
failures and earnestly hope to do better, we should not boldly 
announce our plans for our future without asking God what His 
plans are for us- There are many things to learn from God's Word 
and His promises and dealings in the past. We should prayerfully 
go into the future depending on God and His plan for us. 

A Christian can have his prayers answered. God's arm is not 
shortened nor His ear heavy. God is nigh at hand if we call on 



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Him. And no matter what may come upon us if we have the Lord 
we can come out victorious. 

But what about the unsaved, even our own kin? How can we 
awaken them to the truth? What can we say to them that they 
too, may believe and give their hearts to the Lord? 

For the unconverted it is a day of reckoning, a time to prepare 
tor the future. By taking Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour 
you can rely on Him to forgive your sins and make you a Christian 
today. 

It's up to you. Do you want the assurance that Jesus is on 
your side? Every sin has a reaping - for every sin we will pay - 
illT " an u blot , out that sin - He can give you a clean slate- 
Isnt that the best thing to do, the sensible thing to do? Believe 
on Jesus and give your heart to Him. Be baptized and be saved. 
Then we can look forward to 1973 knowing Jesus will see us 
through whatever comes. 

Take Jesus into your heart and you will truly have something 
new. Why not accept Jesus in 1973? 

- Sister Viola Broadwater, 12 Macy Dr., La. Vale Md. 

HOPPERS OVERCOME BY GIANTS 

"And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come 
ot the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and 
so were we in their sight" (Numbers 13:33). 

Majority Report 

Thus ran the majority report, and it had been accepted by Israel. 
The minority report had gone unheeded and was lost on the winds. 

Miracles 

Moses had led them straight up to the gateway into the promised 
land. Many mighty miracles had been wrought for them by God 
Rivers had been turned into blood, great clouds of locusts had 
plagued the Egyptians, and as a final warning to Pharaoh, the anqel 
of death had smitten the firstborn of each family from the lowliest 
hovel to the palace itself. Only the families of Israel had been 
spared by sprinkling lamb's blood on the lintels and doorposts of 
their houses. The waters of the Red Sea had divided before them 
and they had crossed through dry shod. They had beheld these 
same waters close like a trap on the chariots of Pharaoh's army. 
Bread and meat had fallen from the sky to sustain them and water 
had gushed forth from the rocks to quench their thirst A cloud 
by day and a pillar of fire by night had been their guides. 

Pessimism 
Their goal was now in view. Twelve scouts were sent over 
to spy out the land. These men returned with glowing accounts 



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of the land's lush fruitfulness. But though unanimous in their praise 
for the land, there was a radical division of opinion about their 
chances of wresting it from the giants who already held possession- 
They reported: ". . . we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, 
and so were we in their sight." 

Contrast 

The minority report contrasted sharply with this gloomy con- 
fession of cowardice. 

Caleb stilled the people before Moses and said, "Let us go up 
at once, and posses it; for we are well able to overcome it." Caleb 
was joined in this proposal by Joshua, the son of Nun, who would 1 
one day succeed Moses and lead a new generation into Canaan- 
But then it was two against ten, and even as now, the voices of 
the minority were thundered down by the frightened majority. The 
ugly contagion of fear had gripped the host, and we are told: ". . . 
the people wept that night." The previous great deliverances God 1 had 
wrought were now forgotten. Unbelief had set in and 1 only the 
giants were visible. They rebelled and refused to follow their leader 
into Canaan. Therefore the door slammed shut, and with the exception 
of their two faithful and courageous leaders they perished in the 
wilderness to a man, upward from twenty years. 

Unbelief 

Today we in America are in much the same plight as were the 
Israelites on this tragic occasion. Our great national sin is that of 
unbelief. This has made grasshoppers of us. We run when we are 
not pursued; we jump in panic at moving shadows- We have surveyed 
the Beast and 1 our universal cry is: "Who is able to make war with 
him?" 

The Church 

A contagion of fear grips the church. There are few Calebs 
and Joshuas who will dare propose a remedy. Few leaders will 
warn their people of the swiftly approaching final judgment and 
of their sore need to repent. The spirit of compromise is in the air 
and this is fatal! The voice of the minority goes unheeded on the 
winds. We regard with suspicion the meddler who is rash enough 
to tell us the truth about ourselves. We grimly cling to our state of 
euphoria and woe to the intruder on this false sense of well-being. 
Our sanctuaries are defiled by secularism and sacrilege and we are 
silent. Although dimly aware that the "abomination that maketh 
desolate" is being readied to "stand in the Holy Place" we shrug it 
off. Our recreation is more important. But even so, the old un- 
easiness will not shake off. So we shove our noses in the sand and 
pretend the danger is not there. Only a return to God will save us. 
But who wants to be saved? 

The Giants 

Yes, the giants are there all right, but this is not the important 



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thing- It is rather that we are "grasshoppers in our own sight." 
This is the crippler. And the giants? They have accepted this 
evaluation because we, ourselves, are the authors of it. 

— The Wesleyan Advocate 
• • • • • • 

NOT QUITTING AT SIXTY-FIVE! 

Growing old but not retiring, 

For the battle still is on, 
Going on without relenting, 

Till the final victory's won. 
Ever on, nor think of resting, 

For the battle rages still, 
And my Saviour still is with me. 

And I seek to do His will- 
Years roll by, and body weakens, 

But the spirit still is young. 
Breath of God — it never ages, 

Is eternal, ever strong, 
Rather, year by year it strengthens, 

Gaining over the things of sense. 
By thy Spirit, lead my spirit, 

Saviour, till Thou call me hence. 

Things of earth decrease in value, 

Brighter shines the light above, 
Less the power of human hatred', 

Sweeter far the Saviour's love, 
Let me tell it to the needy, 

Far and wide Thy worth proclaim, 
That my closing years may praise Thee, 

Glorify Thy blessed name- 

Let me labor in Thy harvest, 

More than ever in the past, 
Reaping in what Thou hast planted, 

Till I dwell with Thee at last, 
That before Thy throne eternal, 

I may have some fruit to bring, 
Not my work — the fruit of Calvary, 

All Thine own my Lord and King. 
— Selected by Sister Susanna B. Johns 



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CHRIST'S DEATH 

We would like to meditate upon two factors concerning Christ's 
death. First, the purpose of His death, and the earthly reason for 
His death. 

"He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: 
by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he 
shall bear their iniquities," Isa. 53:11. The main reason for Christ's 
death was that God's plan for man's salvation are timed and were 
now reaching their fulfillment. It was God's plan that Christ's 
blood should be a ransom to buy many back from their sins. The 
many included all who will accept the ransom. 

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels 
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he 
by the grace of God should taste death for every man," Heb. 2:9. 
"Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall 
divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his 
soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; 
and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the trans- 
gressors," Isa. 53:12. Thus we see God's plan. 

Each year at the Passover Feast, the groups of Jews killed a 
passover lamb to commemorate the killing of the lamb in Egypt, 
whose shed blood was to notify the death angel to pa.ss over their 
home. Christ shed His blood on the cross at the precise time of 
the killing of the pascal lamb. Christ's blood was shed that the 
sins of those who will accept His sacrifice will be passed over by 
the eternal death angel. The timing of God is marvelous. The 
fulfillment of the old law by the New Testament is marvelous. 
"God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform." 

Now let us meditate upon the earthly reason for Christ's death. 
The Jewish religion had deteriorated until more emphasis was placed 
upon a certain form or day than upon the purpose or the spirit of 
a certain service. Several offerings and tithes were strained so as 
to enrich the leaders, rather than help the poor and afflicted. 
Christ continually warned the leaders of their selfish doings and of 
the lack of spirit and purpose in their ceremonies. The leaders 
of the Jewish church were just like many people today; when Christ 
reproved them they became angry with Him and tried to trap Him. 
But He made them the more angry because they could easily see 
that His life was beter than theirs was. 

The common people brought their diseases and their problems 
to Him and He cured multitudes and 1 helped all who asked Him to. 
For this reason many followed Him continually and they soon realized 
that He had more power than the leaders of the Jews. Because of 
the influence He had and of the multitudes who followed Him, the 
Jews became jealous of Him. He even went into their temple and 



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taught the people and healed many. Watching Him as they might, 
the leaders of the Jews could find no faults or reasons to condemn 
Him before the people. 

The leaders of the Jews were just like human beings today. If 
they despise and hate someone and cannot find and legal reason 
to silence or get rid of them, then they must plan illegal means to 
destroy that one- Their concern is to save their own popularity, 
which is usually scarred by many blemishes and they do not want 
to expose themselves at a fair trial. "Then assembled together the 
chief priests, and the scribes, and elders of the people, unto the 
palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and consulted 
that they might take Jesus by subtility, and kill him." Matt. 26:3-4. 
This was a sin and a curse for any group to plan to take someone 
by subtility and especially to plan to kill him. 

According to the laws of the land, the Jews themselves could 
not legally do this. So theiy had to frame up a trial and by false 
accusations get the law to pronounce the death penalty upon Him. 
They worked as people usually do, where subtility is involved, 
rushing the affair through before time for justice and even without 
sufficient time to properly see the affair to an end. With all their 
planning and 1 false witnessing the Judge, Pilate, could not see any 
reasons for the death sentence which they had asked for. When 
they pressed the matter he, to save his own influence and popularity, 
washed his hands of the whole matter and gave Christ over to them 
to crucify Him saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: 
see ye to it," Matt. 27:24. During the trial, when no agreement 
could be reached, Pilate referred Christ to the crowd of people 
gathered, but the leaders of the Jews rushed among them, persuading 
them to ask that He be crucified. 

Thus Jesus died not because He was guilty or even because the 
courts proved Him guilty, but because the leaders of the Jews per- 
suaded the mob to demand His death. Very, very seldom is there 
ever justice from a mob or from a rush trial. Many others since then 
have met severe punishment and death because of the influence of 
the leaders of the church in power. May that d'ay come again? How 
important it is that we strive, sacrifice, and endure that our church 
may be wholly built upon the complete foundation of the New 
Testament and that mob violence, sin, and the wishes of a few be 
held under control. 

- Howard J. Surbey, 749 W. King St., Littlestown, Pa. 17340 






Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the 
telescope; to the one it is exceedingly long, to the other exceedingly 
short. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE UNKNOWN GOD 

Acts 17:22-31 

Paul had come to Athens which was a city in the country of 
Achaia, now called Greece. He was teaching the Gentile nations 
about Jesus. (A Gentile was anyone who was not a Jew.) Of 
course Paul taught the Jews who lived in Gentile countries, and it was 
the Jews who caused so much trouble. Many of them wanted to 
kill Paul because he taught that Jesus was their Messiah who they 
had crucified. 

As Paul was walking through Athens, he saw many idols that the 
people of Athens had made- On one of the altars he noticed a 
writing that said, "To the unknown God." The people of Athens 
were the most educated in the world at that time. Here were the 
greatest scholars, lawyers, and statesmen. Even though the city was 
filled with idols or images, someone had thought that there might be 
a god somewhere that they hadn't recognized, so they made an altar 
to the "unknown God." 

Paul was a very intelligent and educated man, and he also knew 
about the Lord Jesus. Taking advantage of their belief in an unknown 
god, Paul said, "Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, him declare 
I unto you." He then taught them how God had made the world and 
He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in houses made by 
men; that man was made by Him and that it is in Him that we live, 
move, and have our being. It is a sign of ignorance that people 
should think that God is like gold, or silver, or stone made into an 
image by a man, and now God commands men everywhere to repent 
and believe in Jesus, the Son of God, who died on the cross and 
was raised from the dead. 

When the men of Athens heard of the resurrection, some made 
fun of Paul but there were others who believed. 

Paul was a brave man. He wasn't afraid 1 to tell about Jesus. 
Jesus was Paul's best friend. Jesus can be your best friend too, if 
you only believe in Him- 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MARCH, 1973 

Mar. 4 — Obedience brings victory. Judges 7:1-25 

Mar- 11 — Gideon's victory over the Midianites. Judges 8:1-17 

Mar. 18 — Gideon's death, and Israel turns to worship Baalim. 

Judges 8:18-35 
Mar. 25 - Parable of Jotham. Judges 9:1-30 



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NEWS ITEMS 

ANTIOCH, WEST VIRGINIA 

The Ridge Congregation met for Revival Meetings the first week 

+ °u «/' ^ B ? t i! er 1 V ' r9il Leath erman gave us inspiring messages from 
the Word of God. 

We were glad to have Sister Leatherman with us durinq these 
meetings. a 

Our Lovefeast was held July 9, with Brother Virgil Leatherman 
officiating. Ministers present were: Eugene Kauffman, Paul Reed 
Jacob Ness, and Howard Surbey. 

The services were well attended each night, which made this 
Revival one to be enjoyed and remembered. 

- Sister Irene Harris, Cor. 

NOTICE 

Please send all checks for the Trustee Board to Elder Ray R Reed 
as he is the new Secretary. 

— Vern Hostetler 
NOTICE 

The following correction for Location of Church Houses was 
received after the Feb. 1 Monitor was sent to the printer. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 
Highway 99W enters in an east-west direction. Those enterinq 

m 1 ?, St °o RrSt SL ' 9 ° to the third st °P lia - ht and turn right 
on North Main St. Go four blocks to the church at corner of N 
Main and Franklin Sts. Entering from the west, turn left at first 
stop light on to N. Main St., and go four blocks to the corner of 
Main and Franklin Sts. 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION FOR NEWBERG, OREGON 

Galen B. Harlacher's telephone number should read 503-538-2033 

— Editor 
SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

During the past year there were three souls who united with 
the church when our revival meetings were being conducted and the 
Word was brought forth by Elder Edward Johnson. We appreciated 
the presence of Sister Johnson also, and trust the Lord will bless them 
as they labor for the Master. 

In the current year, our revival meeting is planned a few weeks 
earlier than usual. A further notice will be given later. 

— Fern Ness, Cor. 
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The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MARCH, 1973 



CALLED 



Memory Verse, Psa- 50:15 
And call upon me in the day 
of trouble: I will deliver thee, 
and thou shalt glorify me. 

Thurs. 1-Psa. 31:1-24 

Fri. 2-Psa. 50:1-23 

Sat. 3-Psa. 53.1-6 

Memory Verse, Psa- 86:5 

For thou, Lord, art good, and 
ready to forgive; and plen- 
teous in mercy unto all them 
that call upon thee. 

Sun. 4-Psa 55:1-23 

Mon. 5-Psa. 79:1-13 

Tues. 6-Psa. 80:1-19 

Wed. 7-Psa. 81:1-16 

Thurs. 8-Psa. 86:1-17 

Fri. 9-Psa. 91:1-16 

Sat. 10-Psa. 99:1-9 

Memory Verse, Psa. 1 16:13 
I will take the cup of salva- 
tion, and call upon the name 
of the Lord. 

Sun. 11 -Psa. 102:1-28 

Mon. 12-Psa. 105:1-45 

Tues. 13— Psa. 116:1-19 

Wed. 14-Psa. 118:1-29 

Thurs. 15-Psa. 145:1-21 

Fri- 16-Prov. 1:1-33 

Sat. 17-Prov. 8:1-36 

Memory Verse, Isa. 1:26 

And I will restore thy judges 
as at the first, and thy coun- 
sellors as at the beginning: 
afterward thou shalt be call- 
ed, The city of righteousness, 



the faithful city. 
Sun. 18— Isa. 1-1-31 
Mon. 19-lsa. 4:1-6 
Tues. 20-lsa. 5:1-25 
Wed. 21— Isa. 7:1-16 
Thurs- 22-lsa. 9:1-21 
Fri. 23-lsa. 12:1-6 
Sat. 24-lsa. 31:1-9 

Memory Verse, Isa. 5:20 

Woe unto them that call evil 
good, and good evil; that put 
darkness for light, and light 
for darkness; that put bitter 
for sweet, and sweet for 
bitter! 

Sun. 25-lsa. 35:1-10 

Mon. 26— Isa. 42:1-17 

Tues. 27-lsa. 43:1-28 

Wed. 28-lsa- 45:1-25 

Thurs. 29-lsa. 48:1-22 

Fri. 30-lsa. 50:1-11 

Sat. 31— Isa. 51:1-16 

Memory Verse, Isa. 9:6; 42:6 
For unto us a child is born, 
unto us a son is given: and the 
government shall be upon his 
shoulder: and his name shall 
be called Wonderful, Coun- 
selor, The mighty God, The 
everlasting Father, The Prince 
of Peace. I the Lord have 
called thee in righteousness, 
and will hold thine hand, and 
will keep thee, and give thee 
for a covenant of the people, 
for a light of the Gentiles. 



When you feel like criticizing the younger generation, just re- 
member who raised them. 



W. S. fieed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI MARCH 1, 1973 NO. 5 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and 1 more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SAFE IN HIS KEEPING 

Psalm 4:8 

When night is come, and all around is still, 

And gentle sleep my weary eyes would close; 

O heart of mine, think not of boding ill, 

But rest in God 1 for calm and safe repose. 

O heart of mine, still all thy trembling fear! 

For He, whose eyes are never closed in sleep, 
Is watching o'er thee, gently bending near, 

To guard from evil and thy soul to keep. 

"In peace will I both lay me down and sleep," 
For in the safety of the Lord I dwell; 

His arm of love my trembling soul doth keep, 
His presence whispers me that all is well. 

And I shall wake to see the morning light 
In this fair world, or on the other side — 

No matter where; I know it will be bright. 
For in His keeping I shall still abide. 

— Edgar Cooper Mason 



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THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN 

This parable was given when a lawyer tempted Jesus by asking, 
"Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Luke 10:25. Now 
this would have been most commendable if it had appeared that he 
was sincere. But it seems he asked 1 the question in an attempt to 
confuse Christ. The question, itself, is a most important one for 
each person to consider in all seriousness. 

Jesus, knowing the heart of man, resolved to convict him from 
his own mouth and asked, "What is written in the law? how readest 
thou?" The lawyer, well-versed in the Scriptures, promptly replied, 
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and 
thy neighbor as thyself," Luke 10:27. Jesus said, "Thou hast answered 
right: this do, and thou shalt live," vs. 28. The lawyer then tried 1 
to justify himself by asking, "Who is my neighbor?" This forms 
the basis of the parable given by Jesus. 

As the traveler in the parable went down from Jerusalem to 
Jericho, he was surprised and seized by thieves. It was about six- 
teen miles to Jericho, and quite likely the road was rough and rocky 
affording a place of hiding for the robbers. The traveler, alone and 
unprotected — was an easy prey. They took his clothes and wounded 
him leaving him half-dead. 

What a spectacle of distress and misery! What vileness men 
are capable of I A few years ago in a large city, a man was attacking 
a woman whose screams soon drew a crowd. In the midst of about 
thirth-nine people, the woman was murdered without a single person 
attempting to help her or even calling the police, because they 
didn't want to get involved. 

In this parable we see the selfishness of two men who came by. 
The first was a priest. Some of the priests lived at Jericho and 
traveled back and forth. We don't read that the priest either 
stopped or spoke, but went by on the other side of the road. 

The next to come along was a Levite, another of the sacred 
profession. He looked on the poor helpless man, then he too passed 
by on the other side. How hard-hearted were these men! How 
easy it is to delude oneself and become hypocritical! These two 
men didn't want to become involved. 

Then a Samaritan came along. It was well-know that hostility 
and prejudice existed between the Jews and Samatitans. The 
Samaritans were considered to be selfish and indifferent. But notice 
the love and mercy shown by the Samaritan. As he looked on the 
suffering man he had compassion on him. Here was a fellow-man 
in distress. The Samaritan went to him, not to gaze on him, but 
to help. He bound up his wounds. He poured in oil and wine 
to allay the pain. He set him on his beast and took him to the nearest 



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inn and made him as comfortable as he could. He even gave the 
inn-keeper money for his care and promised more money if needed. 
Here is compassion — sincere and self-denying. Here is a willingness 
to become involved. If there had been prejudice in the heart of 
the Samaritan, it quickly disappeared when he saw the plight of 
the unfortunate man. 

Jesus then asked the lawyer a question, "Which now of these 
three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the 
thieves?" The inevitable answer was, "He that shewed mercy on 
him." Jesus then said, "Go, and do thou likewise." 

We admire the spirit of the Samaritan. Do we have compassion 
on suffering humanity as we ought? Are we willing to become 
involved? 



"GOOD ADVICE" 

f you are impatient, sit down quietly and talk with Job. 
f you are just a little strongheaded go and see Moses, 
f you are getting weak-kneed, take a good look at Elijah, 
f there is no song in your heart, listen to David. 
f you are a policy man, read Daniel, 
f you are getting sordid, spend a while with Isaiah, 
f you feel chilly, get the beloved disciple to put his arm around 1 you. 
f your faith is below par, read Paul, 
f you are getting lazy, watch James. 

f you are losing sight of the future, climb up the stairs of 
Revelation and get a glimpse of the promised land. 

— Selected 



THE BIBLE MONITOR MARCH 1, 1973 

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READY - 
OR NOT READY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD? 

Ten virgins went forth to meet the Bridegroom. Of this select 
company, half of them were not ready. Yet these never dreamed 
they would be shut out. But they were! Read Matt. 25:1-13. 

We can be ready, for the Lord commands it, Matt. 24:44. He is 
not giving impossible commandments. In fact, His commandments 
are not grievous, I John 5:3. But we must be honest with ourselves 
and mean business and make the doing of God's will the most 
important thing in the whole world. The Lord means what He 
says! Unless we put God first in our lives, in our decisions — we 
will not be ready when the Lord comes. He says, "Seek ye first 
the kingdom of God, and his righteousness . . ." Matt. 6:33. If the 
advancement of the cause of Christ on earth is not the very first 
concern of our lives, we are not ready for His appearing. 

Why Deceive Ourselves? 

Is it not enough to hear the Gospel and think it is "well'? We 
must live the Gospel, or we are lost! "Many . . . will seek to enter 
in, and shall not be able," Read Lk. 13:23-30. Many will be terribly 
deceived up to the very day of judgment apparently. Read Matt. 
7:13-29. 

Jesus says, "... Repent ye and believe the gospel," Mk. 1:15. 
No matter how much gospel truth we know, unless we repent and 
believe the Gospel, we are lost. Joining a church or going to church 
will not make a person a Christian anymore than going into a garage 
will make a man an automobile. "Therefore be ye also ready: for 
in such an hour as ye thing not the Son of man cometh," Matt. 24:44. 

Am I Ready? 
To be ready means to live continuously in readiness for the Lord's 
coming. Some say, "I'm not ready, but I hope to be ready before it 
is too late." Christians, the only safe place is to be always ready 
at any cost. Jesus never spoke idle words. He is the head of the 
church, Eph. 5:23. He is our Lord and Master. He knows what 
He is talking about. If there is anything small or great which is 
a barrier between your soul and God, or between you and any person 
on earth, get that thing attended to at once, that you may know you 
are ready for His appearing. 

Without Condemnation 
If your heart condemns you along any line whatever, I Jn. 3:19-24 

do not rest, do not delay, but apply yourself in prayer and fasting 
until you know you are ready for the coming of the Lord. 



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Then Stay Ready 
The fact that Jesus specifically commands us to be ready shows 
that it is tremendously important, not only that we get ready, but also 
that we continually live a victorious overcoming life and be ready for 
His appearing. Grow in grace and at any cost live continuously in a 
position before God where our heart does not condemn us See 
Gal. 5:16; I Jn. 3:2,3; Rom. 8:1. We are in fact to be ready while 
continuously getting ready - walking in all the light God gives us 
and at the same time pressing on and seeking further instructions 
from God. We are going to meet Jesus' Words at the judgment. 
Let us face them now! "He that rejecteth me and receiveth not 
my words, hath one that judgeth him.- the word that I have spoken, 
the same shall judge him in the last days," Jn. 12:48. 

Jesus means business. He means what He says. He knows the 
flesh is weak, Matt. 26:41. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God 
the head of the church, says to you and to me, "Take heed that no 
man deceive you," Matt. 24:4. At the judgment seat of Christ, the 
important thing will not be what some learned preacher has said 
or what anybody on earth has said, but what the Lord has said' 
The Lord has given repeated, urgent exhortations and warnings along 
the line of the necessity of watching, praying, taking heed, etc. "And 
because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold But 
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved," Matt 
24:12,13. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall 
not pass away," Matt. 24:35. "But as the days of Noe were, so 
shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that 
were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and 
giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark 
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall 
also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the 
field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall 
be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left 
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come 

^f"- 2 t; 37 "in- " An , d what ' sa V unto y° u ' say unto all, Watch," 
Mk. 13:37. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh 
at an hour when ye think not," Lk. 12:40. "And take heed to your- 
selves lest at any tme your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting 
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon 
you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell 
on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always 
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that 
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man," Lk. 21 :34-36. 

Press Toward The Mark 
Paul needed to press - and most certainly we do, Phil 3-14 
God wants us to honestly face the actual conditions in our own hearts' 
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Finney received a mighty baptism with the Holy Spirit and found that 
his words brought conviction of sin on the hearts of people with 
whom he spoke. Sometimes, however, he discovered that this power 
was lacking — had leaked out or something. Then he states that he 
could not rest till everything was clear between his soul and God, 
and again the power of God was flowing through his life. 

Thou Hypocrite 
If I live an unclean life, how can I get through to a place of 
real abiding victory in Christ; with what face cen we preach holiness 
to others? If I am a thief, how can I teach others to be honest? If I 
live an unclean life, how can I exhort others to be holy and without 
blemish? If I have no control over my tongue, how can I preach 
the bridled tongue to others? Jesus by no means minces matters. 
He says, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own 
eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy 
brother's eye," Matt. 7:5. 

How To Be Ready 

The way to find 1 God in the answer to prayer, in the supply of 
every need for spirit, soul, and body, is to seek Him with all your 
heart. We think that we have sought the Lord with all our heart 
and not found Him — but let us by no means deceive ourselves. 
The Scripture is true; it cannot be broken, John 10:35 "And ye shall 
seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your 
heart," Jer. 29:13. Beware of a lukewarm, half-hearted condition. 
God gives victory, I Cor. 15:57. 

Be an overcomer yourself — then preach to others the overcoming 
message in the power of the Holy Spirit, I Pet. 1:12. Blow the 
trumpet in Zion, Joel 2:15. Awake God's sleeping people on every 
hand. Tell them to be ready, for the coming of the Lord draweth 
nigh, James 5:7-9. The Lord 1 will have a ready people for we are 
told that when the Bridegroom came, "they that were ready went 
in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut," Matt. 25:10. 
Will you brother, will you sister, be in that ready company? It 
requires watching and praying always, that we may be accounted 
worthy to escape all the things that shall come to pass, and to stand 
before the Son of man, Luke 21:36. 

Lest Darkness Come Upon You 
We now have this light from God's Word showing the absolute 
necessity of being ready for the coming of the Lord. Let us walk 
while we have the light lest darkness come upon us, John 12:35. 
If we don't wholeheartedly obey the Lord, beware lest we, too, get 
into gross darkness as others have done by trifling with God's Word. 

Use Or Lose 
When you feel a hunger for God, seek Him lest you lose that 



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tender wooing of the Holy Spirit. If you are not exceedingly eager 
to live an overcoming life and to glorify God all you possibly can, you 
should be terribly alarmed at your state. "Woe to them that are at 
ease in Zion ... Amos 6:1. The lukewarm, self-satisfied are to be 
spued out — unless they be zealous and repent, Rev. 3:14-22. 

Stir Up Yourself, Isa. 64:7 
As Jacob did, Gen. 32:24-28; as Daniel did, Dan. 9:3,4. Be 
desperate, and whole-hearted and at any and 1 all loss, pray as Jesus 
did in Gethsemane, Luke 22:39-46. If you trifle with God and do 
not seek Him earnestly - especially if you put off yielding to that 
urge, that wooing of the Holy Spirit, beware lest you lose that tender 
hunger for God out of your soul. "From him that hath not" (does 
not use for God what he already has — does not yield to the urgings 
of the Holy Spirit already moving on his heart) "shall be taken away 
even that which he hath," Matt. 25:29. But thank God 1 , instead of 
trifling with God in that way, let us do as the first part of the verse 
says, "unto every one that hath" (uses for God what he already has 
received - responds to the moving of the Holy Spirit already working 
on his heart) "shall be given, and he shall have abundance." At 
any cost live continuously in victory, rather than the feverish, self- 
important activities of a Martha, Luke 10:38-42. God prefers that 
we wait on Him that His strength may be ours, Isa. 40:29-31; Psa. 
27:14. The flesh profiteth nothing, John 6:63. 

The way we do things even supposedly in God's service often 
spoils everything. If we are irritable and harsh and bitter, over- 
anxious and fearful — the Lord wishes we would just quit all our 
vain fussing around and wait on Him - till His sweetness and His 
power and His wisdom dominates our lives. 

"Let all things be done with charity," I Cor. 16:14. If we find 
that we are not doing all things in love, let us repent right away and 
by God's help begin to move in love and speak in love and pray in 
love and think in love and act in love. In our busy activities, even 
in the Lord's work, it is easy to lose love out of our lives if we do 
not watch and pray always, ond obey the Lord and keep humble 
before Him. 

"Watch ... Pray Always," Luke 21:36 
We need to watch - keep alert, as well as to pray - watch our 
own spirit and see what kind of a spirit we are manifesting, watch 
for tricks of the Devil - watch for the uprisings of the old flesh life. 
Watch to see the results of our words, our deeds, our manner are 
glorifying God in the fullest sense. 

"The Tree Is Known By His Fruit," Matt. 12:33 

What kind of fruit is the tree of my life bearing? I Cor. 13 

gives us God's definition and valuation of real, genuine divine love. 

Often our most self-sacrificing efforts in the Gospel work are mere 

wood, and hay, and stubble because the tender first love is simply 



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not there, Rev. 2:1-5. The way we do things, our manner of speaking, 
the sharp flash of the eye, the strained 1 expression of the face, all 
indicate it is not the Holy Spirit who is motivating us, but rather our 
own or some other spirit. May God help us! When we lose love, 
real divine love out of our hearts and lives, the very bottom has 
dropped out insofar as acceptable service to our blessed Lord is 
concerned. 

"Remember . . . From Wence Thou Art Fallen, And Repent," Rev. 2:4,5 
Oh, let us take time to remember and repent! Remember how 
we used to weep over sinners; remember and repent! Remember how 
we used to keep a real spirit of prayer; remember how we used to 
grieve over the failure of other Christians and pray for them NOW. 
God have mercy on us, so often instead of praying for our 
stumbling brother or sister in the Lord, we criticize them, and judge 
them, and condemn them, and gossip about them and imagine evil 
against them. Oh, let us remember and reipent with that godly 
sorrow which will restore that favor of God upon our lives, II Cor. 
7:9-11. "If we love one another, God dwelleth in us," I John 4:12. 
"God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and 
God in him," I John 4:16. "Beloved, let us love one another: for 
love is of God," I John 4:7. Strange as it might appear, yet even 
in the midst of the Church of Christ, among God's own people, there 
will be occasion when we must forgive other Christians for things 
they have said and done. Actually forgive - not simply pass it by. 
"Be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, 
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you," Eph. 4:32. "For- 
give, and ye shall be forgiven," Jesus saye in Luke 6:37, and His 
Words are straight to the point. 

Although through Paul are given many details concerning the 
Church, Christ Himself is the head of the Church, Eph. 5:23,24, and 
Paul designates himself as a servant of Christ, a minister of Christ, 
a follower of Christ, and says, "the church is subject unto Christ," 
Eph. 5:24. 

Jesus, the Son of God is the Mediator of the New Testament, 
Heb. 9:15, and He told His disciples to "teach all nations, ... to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you," Matt. 28:19,20. 
Not with folded hands in idleness, are we to await our Lord's return, 
"occupy," keep busy in God's will - till He comes, Luke 19:13.^ "Be 
ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is," Eph. 
5:17. Be diligent and faithful and fervent - in glad service to our 
Lord till He comes! The rich man in hell was told, "Thou in thy 
lifetime receivedst thy good things," Luke 16:25. We cannot drift 
along in luxury and ease, and self-indulgence now, while God's work 
and the spreading of the Gospel are neglected, and while the real 
people of God suffer for want of support and encouragement — 
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Rather - "seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteous- 
ness," Matt. 6:33, — regardless of what becomes of us! Make 
the advancement of the cause of Christ the very first concern of 
your life — the very motive of your heart's deepest desire and longing 
— the highest goal of your fondest ambitions! 

— W. C. Moore 
Humbly and Lovingly submitted by your Brother in Christ, 
- Lester M. Flora, R. 2, Box 225A, Syracuse, Indiana 46567 



NEW YEAR MEDITATIONS 

We are entering a New Year. The old year has passed into 
history, and we know not what the New Year may bring forth. It 
reminds us of the Word of the Lord to Joshua when the children of 
Israel came to the bank of the Jordan. God said 1 , "Ye have not 
passed this way heretofore," Josh. 3:4. This is the Word of the 
Lord to us as we begin a New Year. "We have not passed this 
way before," and we cannot see ahead but we must "walk by faith 
and not by sight." 

The Lord has wonderfully blessed us in the past year far above 
what we deserved. While many have passed on to their eternal 
reward we are still on the stage of action. 

As we look back on the past year I'm sure we all can see many 
mistakes we have made, we trust not willfully. We may have had 
many disappointments. Maybe we have been wrongfully treated, 
censured for our belief, or falsely accused. We may have a life 
above reproach, morally - we may not have broken any civil law; 
we may have paid our taxes; we may be the best of citizens^- in 
other words we may have rendered unto "Caesar the things that 
are Caesar's. All these things are very fine and are required of 
Christians by God's law. But this is not sufficient for God's law 
goes farther than that and says, "Render unto God the things that 
are God's." 

We dare not go forward without the guidance of the Holy Spirit 
as we enter into this New Year with its hopes and aspirations, and 
face the problems and anxieties that are before us for we have not 
"passed this way before." 

As we turn from the old year with its successes and failures, 
its joys and its sorrows, we would do well to remember that in the 
providence of God each year is given us for a divine purpose. As 
we grow older we should grow better. Each day brings us nearer 
eternity. What we call progress is not really progress unless it makes 
for the development of the inner man. The poet Browning wrote, 



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"Grow old with me, the best is yet to be; the last of life for which 
the first was made." But this is truei only if we are learning 
true wisdom, only if the passing days draw us closer to God. "But 
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all 
these things shall be added unto you," Matt. 6:33. 

Someone has described the Bible as a guide book to eternal 
values and we are always in need of this guidance. It should not 
be hard for us to believe in and trust in divine guidance. One reason 
we find it difficult is that we are not willing to be obedient to His 
divine will. 

We know that God has a plan for each individual. Of course He has 
a purpose for mankind as a whole but He also has a plan for each 
one, for OUR life ond ours alone. One individual may not seem 
important to us but the Bible says that there is joy in Heaven over 
one sinner that repents. 

It is very easy for us to be so concerned about temporal and 
worldly things that we forget the more important things. The 
Apostle Paul says "forgetting those things which are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward 
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus," 
Phil. 3:13,14. 

There were many things the Apostle had to forget, but those 
things must be forgotten if he would please God. 

He must forget his ancestry. Phil. 3:4,5,6. He had a great deal 
of which to boast but he said, "But what things were gain to me, 
those I counted loss for Christ," Phil. 3:7. 

I'm sure it was painful for Paul when he remembered his past 
life of persecuting and having Christians put to death before his 
conversion. 

I believe one of the hardest things he had to forget was con- 
senting to the death of Stephen and Stephen's prayer, "Lord, lay 
not this sin to their charge." 

Too, the break between himself and 1 Barnabas over John Mark 
was an incident hard to forget. Acts 15:39. 

We may have had the same experience with some friend or 
brother, but these things we must forget and not allow it to cause 
us to act unwisely and fail to forgive. Christ said, "If ye forgive not 
men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses," 
Matt. 6:15. 

But Paul never forgot that he was a sinner. I Tim. 1:15, "This 
is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus 
came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 

He forgot, that he might press forward. May we forget and 
"lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, 
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," Heb. 12:1. 
"For we have not passed this way before." 

We are soldiers that have enlisted for a life term and 1 there is 



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no discharge for "he that endureth unto the end shall be saved." 

Paul said, "I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for 
me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, 
shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them 
also that love his appearing." 

What wonderful blessings we have enjoyed through the past 
year and may we be thankful and press onward and upward through 
the coming year as the poet has expressed it: "Thank You, God 
for one more year . . . That is about to end ... Thank You for my 
family . . . And every faithful friend . . . Thank You for Your grace 
and strength . . . That helped us on our way ... To overcome the 
obstacles ... We met from day to day ... For all the happiness we 
had ... And for our trials too ... As they inspired us to pray ... 
With pleading hearts to You ... Thank You, God, and please allow 
. . . Another year on earth ... In which to strive for goodness and 
... To be of better worth . .. Your loving grace will always be . . . 
Our courage to go on ... Beyond each night of darkness to . . . 
An ever brighter dawn." 

— Brother Roscoe Reed, Star Route, Radford, Va. 24141 
SOUTH FULTON 

HAPPY IS HE 
THAT HATH THE GOD OF JACOB FOR HIS HELP 

Sermon by Brother George Replogle 

In Psalm 146, the Paslmist exhorts everyone to praise the Lord. 
David says that as long as God allows him breath he will praise the 
Lord. He tells us not to put our trust in princes in whom there is 
no help in mortal life. 

We help one another as far as we can, but human hands can 
not go beyond this earthly life. Man cannot save our souls. That 
is why we trust God, because our soul is worth more than the whole 
world. God' created all that is in Heaven and in earth. He is the 
One in whom we should trust. The Psalmist says God keeps truth 
forever. He is "without iniquity, just and right is he," Deut. 32:4. 
He promises and makes truth known by His Son and by His Word" 

The way of the wicked shall be turned down. "The Lord lift- 
eth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground," Psa. 
147:6. The wicked have no time for God or anyone besides' them- 
selves and earthly things. 

One who had no time to give attention or affection opened 
his eyes in hell. I imagine he felt his life was turned upside down. 



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The Psalmist is trying to show us the difference between God 
and man. He tells us that in man there is no help. The Lord keepeth 
the truth forever. "Blessed are all they that put their trust in him," 
Psa. 2:12. "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, 
whose hope is in the Lord his God." The God of Jacob was the 
same God as the One we have. Why did Jacob trust in the God of 
Israel? Why do we trust Him? For the simple reason He tells us 
to trust Him and to put our hope in Him. This same God 1 can be 
in our life if we permit Him. It is possible for us to be happy in 
Him. 

Rejoice in Him. We have something to be grateful for — to be 
happy in the God of Heaven. Are we happy in Him? If we do not 
believe or are ungrateful that the great condemnation is removed, 
then there is something wrong. 

Jesus prayed, "Glorify thy Son." He was expecting something 
better than the world offers. I believe He was feeling grateful and 
thankful for the expectation of the God of our Salvation. To be 
happy is to have a meek and quiet spirit led by the Holy Spirit. 

We are trusting in a God who has been proven many times. 
Paul says "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that 
He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against 
that day," II Tim. 1:12. "1 have fought a good 1 fight, I have finished 
my course, I have kept the faith," II Tim. 4:7. Paul was happy when 
he left this world. He had the happiness of a true child of God. 
A Christian has joy, and if anyone has a right to be happy it is the 
child of God. 

We must follow the straight and narrow way. That is the only 
way to live successfully in Him. Living a double life will not bring 
satisfaction. We are to keep all the commandments, if we offend 
in one point we are guilty of all the law. 

The Devil can make us believe we are happy and can convince 
us that Jesus' way is not necessary. But Jesus said, ". . . ye should 
do as I have done to you ... If ye know these things, happy are ye 
if ye do them." John 13:15,17. Why? Because we have peace and 1 
happiness walking in the spiritual way as God directs. 

At the great judgement the sheep and goats will be divided. 
Many will prophesy in His name and claim to have done many wonder- 
ful works. But the Christ will say to them, "... I never knew you: 
depart from me, ye that work iniquity." The wicked were deceived 
because the Devil convinced them they were alright. One thing for 
sure, they made no success of life. 

The greatest joy we can have is to hear God say, ". . . enter thou 
into the joy of thy Lord." We have the help of the God of Jacob 
to make us happy. If we are not happy it is not because God has 
not done His part. It is because we have not believed Him. We 
have happiness because we live in harmony and believe all the Gospel 
and comply with God's requirements. He will care for you and me 



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if we are willing to be in favor with Him. Moses thought the 
reproach of God greater riches than all the treasures in Egypt. He 
made a decision and considered the God of Jacob for joy and 
salvation. 

"He that doeth the will of God abideth forever." We ought to 
consider that the pleasures of the world today are the same as they 
were in the day of Moses when he rejected them and chose affliction 
with the people of God. When we have to give an account of our 
life it won't be joyful and happy if we follow the pleasures of the 
world. 

You and I ought to be satisfied that God ha,s forgiven our sins. 
What we want is to be accepted in His sight. We have joy and 
pleasure when we live in Christ. We can be happy because we know 
there is no uncertainty in the God of Jacob. In the plan of salvation 
there is the highest degree of joy. All we have to do is give our 
whole heart to Him. 

- Sister Elta K. Blythe, 822 W. Calhoun, Macomb, Illinois 



IMPROVEMENT OF TIME 

There is no enjoyment so permanent as the right improvement 
of time. What the idle and careless man throws away and loses 
forever, the diligent and holy man gains. None of us live much 
longer than is necessary to preform our work. Every day brings its 
own duties, and he who would not have the present hour torn like 
a blank from the book of life must use it as it passes never to return. 

"We protract the career of time/' says Zimmerman, "by employ- 
ment; we lengthen the duration of our lives by thoughts and useful 
actions. Life, to him who wishes not to have lived in vain, is thought 
and action." Any other human existence is a living death. , 



NEWS STEMS 

CERES, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation is planning a two week Revival 
Meeting, beginning March 25, 1973 through April 8, 1973. Brother 
Dale Jamison of Quinter, Kansas is to be our Evangelist. A cordial 
invitation is extended to all. 

— Sister Edythe Kline, Cor. 



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NOTICE 

Most of our churches have probably selected an Evangelist and 
a date for their Revival Meetings for this year. 

Therefore, it has been suggested it would be advantageous if 
each church would send such information to the Bible Monitor for 
printing not later than May 1, 1973, that more could plan to attend 
the various meetings. 

- Editor 

NOTICE 

To each congregation desiring to be included in the General 
Brotherhood Group Letter of Tax Exemption. (See 1972 General 
Conference Minutes, Page 7, Item 17.) Copy the following statement, 
have your presiding Elder and your Clerk sign it, and send it to 
Elder Ray R. Reed, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 by April 10, 1973. 

The (Name of your congregation) of the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
Inc. authorizes the Dunkard Brethren Church, Inc. to include our 
Congregation in the General Brotherhood Group Letter of Tax 
Exemption. Sign — Elder .... Clerk .... Include address and Zip 
Code of Congregation. 

If no reply is received by April 10, we will assume you do not care 
to participate. 

The purpose of a group letter of tax exemption is to qualify a par- 
ticipating local congregation to be exempt from federal income tax 
liability; and for individuals contributing to a participating congrega- 
tion to legally claim the contribution as a deduction on their federal 
income tax return. 
Your Committee: Elders Vern Hostetler, Ray R. Reed 

OBITUARY 
CORA C. MILLER 

Daughter of Simon and Caroline (Gensinger) Nitcher was born on 
September 15, 1893. She departed this life at the Pilgrim Manor 
Nursing Home, Plymouth, Indiana, on February 3, 1973. 

On March 29, 1917, she was united in marriage to Clyde Miller, 
who preceded her in death, November 19, 1958. 

She leaves to mourn her passing a foster daughter, Madaline 
Burch of Plymouth, Indiana; one brother, Jess R. Nitcher, of Ocean 
Side, California; and many neighbors and friends. 

She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, later affiliating 
with the Dunkard Brethren Church, of which she remained a faithful 
member. 

Funeral services were conducted by Elder Floyd 1 Swihart and Elder 
Harry Gunderman, at the Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, Indiana, 
with internment in the Center Cemetery. 

— Maxine Swihart, Cor. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

DIANA OF THE EPHESIANS 

Acts 19:19-41 

Wherever the Apostle Paul went he taught the people about 
Jesus. At the city of Ephesus, Paul stayed for over two years. And 
many believed on the Lord. It was at Ephesus where the people 
brought their books of witchcraft and idol worship and burned them. 
The cost of the books amounted to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 
These people were really convinced that Jesus was their Saviour. 

Ephesus was a very large city at that time. It was a trading 
center with a seaport where boats would come and go bringing many 
luxuries to trade with the Ephesians. At this great city was the 
temple of the idol goddess, Diana. It was built so magnificently 
and of such costly material that it was one of the seven wonders of 
the world. Many people worshipped this idol and the silversmiths 
of Ephesus made many shrines and images of the temple and the 
goddess Diana to sell to the people. So popular had this idol become 
that many would buy the silver images in hope that they would 
bring them good luck. The craftsmen were waxing rich over the 
trade in idol images. 

Paul had converted so many people in Ephesus that the sale of 
the silver images began to grow less and less. Demetrius, a leader 
of the silversmiths, grew very concerned about this as he and his 
fellow smiths made their living this way. Calling a meeting of the 
silversmiths, he informed them that Paul was behind all of their 
trouble because he preached that there are no gods which are made 
with hands. "And not only our craft is in danger but also that the 
temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised." 

This caused the men to become angry at Paul, and they cried, 
"Great is Diana of the Ephesians." 

The whole city was filled with confusion, and they caught two 
of Paul's companions and took them into a theatre. The town clerk 
who was a just man reasoned with the people and told them, "If 
you are going to bring a matter against anyone, it will have to be 
done in a lawful assembly." 

Paul was determined to teach the people about Jesus, and God 
used a sensible man to protect him and his companions. Diana was 
only a dead idol. 

- Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 

***** 

Christianity is not a cloak put on, but a life put in. 

Christians should display meekness, not malice; loving regard, not 
lingering resentment. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 
R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 
R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 
515/993-4382 

Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 

Ora Skiles, Treasurer 
3623 Toomes Road 
Modesto, California 95351 

Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 

Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

Jacob C. Ness 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, New Mexico 8701 3 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 






W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI MARCH 15, 1973 NO. 6 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HE GOES BEFORE 

Dark is the sky! and veiled the unknown morrow! 

Dark is life's way, for night is not yet o'er; 
The longed-for glimpse I may not meanwhile borrow; 

But, this I know, He goeth on before. 

Dangers are nigh! and fears my mind are shaking; 

Heart seems to dread what life may hold in store; 
But I am His — He knows the way I'm taking, 

More blessed still — He goeth on before. 

Doubts cast their weird, unwelcome shadows o'er me, 

Doubts that life's best — life's choicest things are o'er; 

What but Hi.s Word can strengthen, can restore me, 
And this blest fact; that still He goes before. 

He goes before! Be this my consolation! 

He goes before! On this my heart would dwell! 
He goes before! This guarantees salvation! 

He goes before! And therefore all is well. 

— J. Danson Smith 



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THE I AAA'S OF PAUL 

A person's speech affords one a reliable index as to what a 
person thinks. Jesus said, ". . . out of the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the 
heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil 
treasure bringeth forth evil things," Matt. 12:34,35. This is just 
as true today as it was when spoken. 

We may see some of the workings of Paul's mind and spirit 
in the "I am's of the Apostle. Paul said, "For we know the law is 
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin," Rom. 7:14. Such are all 
who are enslaved by sin — enemies of God, and this is our true state 
by nature. 

Paul then continues, "O wretched man that I am! When we 
realize our true condition through the light of God's Word, we are 
most wretched and are made to cry out, "who shall deliver me from 
the body of this death?" Rom. 7:24. Those in such distress are as 
Job who longed for an umpire or mediator to settle the differences. 
Job 9:33. 

I am not ashamed of Christ: for it is the power of God unto 
salvation to every one that belreveth . . .," Rom. 1:16. These are 
the words of one who has experienced the joy of salvation. That 
one has also experienced a transformation. "Therefore if any man 
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, 
all things are become new," II Cor. 5:17. Are we ashamed of Christ 
and the Gospel? If we are, He will be ashamed of us! 

As we experience the joy of salvation, we realize we are indebted 
to others. We now have a responsibility to the unsaved. Paul said, 
"I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the 
wise, and to the unwise," Rom. 1:14. Every Christian is a steward 
of the manifild grace of God. Are we fulfilling our duty? 

In Rom. 1:15 the Apostle says, "So, as much as in me is, I am 
ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also." He was 
ready to do whatever God would have him to do — at any cost to 
himself. Because of such readiness he was imprisoned' at Rome. 
Sometimes God wiuld have us do that which we feel unready to do. 
Still, the way to be ready for greater things is to be ready for small 
things. Each of us want to hear the words, "Well done, good and 
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will 
make thee ruler over many things: enter into the joy of thy Lord." 
Are we ready to do God's will? 

Paul had firm convictions. "For I am persuaded 1 , that neither 
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor 
things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall 
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus 



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cur Lord," Rom. 8:38,39. If we are to stand true we must have 
such conviction that none of these things can shake our faith. 

"I am the apostle of the Gentiles." He had received his work 
from the Lord. He knew what that work was and he was doing it. How 
often it is that people "fritter" their life away without having a 
definite purpose in life. It was Saul (Paul) that said, "Lord, what 
wilt thou have me to do?" Our Heavenly Father has something for 
each of us to do. 

"I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness 
of the blessing of the gospel of Christ," Rom. 15:29. It is a great 
blessing to know if we go in God's name, we go in His power. Paul 
went to Rome in chains, yet he went in the fulness of that power. 
Nothing can hinder our usefulness except sin. 

"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad 
therefore on your behalf . . .," Rom. 16:19. Paul was glad because 
of the obedience of others to God. Perhaps the closeness of our 
fellowship can be tested by the gladness or sadness at the obedience 
or disobedience of others to God. 

"... For I know whom I have believed, and (I) am persuaded 
that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against 
that day," II Tim. 1.12. Paul had confidence in God that he was 
able to keep that which he had committed — his all — until that day. 

Are we willing to commit our all to Him until that day? 

Poor is our sacrifice if we offer only what we have ceased to 
need. Only when we ourselves feel the sacrifice of giving do we 
know the glory of living. 



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BOUNDARY LINES 

Realizing the responsibility placed upon us, we feel our weak- 
ness when we look out and see the many other Brethren here, far 
more capable of bringing this message than your unworthy servant. 
Nevertheless, we pray that we may be able to bring forth a few 
thoughts that would be edifying to all and pleasing to Almight God. 
We want to turn to a portion of Scripture, mainly Proverbs 6:20-35. 

"My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forget not the 
law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and 1 tie 
them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when 
thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall 
talk with thee." 

It seems that the first half of the book of Proverbs is addressed 
to the younger generation, so that they might receive instruction in 
wisdom and knowledge. Many times he starts out by saying, "My 
Eon," speaking of the wise son and the duties of the son. As it 
was his concern, it ought to be our concern, because young and old 
have a soul that never dies. 

We use this subject of "Boundaries" tonight, simply because we 
feel for you, teenagers, they are very important. It is in the teens 
when life becomes very exciting, a challenge at every corner, and 
new regions to explore. But if this enthusiasm of boys and girls 
is not controlled and' constrained, they may find they have gone 
too far. I really believe from the bottom of my heart that youth 
want boundaries, but too many church members are afraid that 
the boundaries of the churches are too tight. They fear that the 
church will lose young people and we have lost them anyhow. One 
surely has to wonder how many of those might have been saved if 
the discipline would have been a little more strict, and the boundaries 
not quite so far out. 

Boundaries, you say, is a pretty broad subject, but you know it 
makes a pretty narrow pathway. You can't vear too far to the 
right or too far to the left, or you are going to go on the wrong side 
of the boundary line. Many cries can be heard from the broad road, 
saying, "Come on over here, son, you can come over here and 1 still 
be safe, only believe. Enjoy yourself, you only live once." I know 
there are many false sermons preached today. Many flattering 
words are going out from the pulpits of the land. I realize it is 
not too popular to preach the cannots and do nots; but again I 
say that the youth today, if they have any integrity in their hearts, 
are still seeking guidelines and boundaries and restrictions to point 
them on the right way. 

Today, most churches have let down the bars; there are no 
boundary lines and what do you see? Old paths are shunned, 
separation is an outmoded doctrine and these that keep them are 



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narrow minded. I say woe unto them that remove- the boundaries 
because I read in the book of Hosea, that "The princes of Judah 
were like them that removed the bound: therefore I will pour out 
my wrath upon them like water." I'm afraid that it might be the 
elders, the ministers, or even the mothers and fathers that have 
tailed to say, "you are going too far?" Solomon says, "Keep thy 
fathers commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother Bind 
them continually upon thine heart and tie them about thy neck" 
He is speaking of the right and wrong taught from youth up he is 
speaking of the boundary lines. 

He says "When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou 
sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk 
with thee. That is exactly what boundaries do. They lead in the 
right direction and when you sleep you shall have a peaceful rest 
because you ere on the right side and when you are awake they are 
as a lighthouse warning and guiding against the dangers on the 
rocky shore. 

The main purpose of boundaries is to keep you off the other 
fellows territory. This other fellow is the Devil. His sole aim is 
to try to get us on his side without us knowing it. Naturally no 
one wants to be on the Devil's side, but you say many are. Why? 
I know that people like to think that the majority is right and the 
minority is wrong, but I'm sorry it just isn't like that. The Word 
ot God tells us very plainly, and Jesus Himself says, "Strait is the 
gate and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be 
that find it. 

Jesus knew that this was a hard road to travel, yes He did In 
John 7, the great intercessory prayer that He prayed for the apostles 
disciples and believers, He says, "I pray not for the world, but for 
them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." He wa,s 
praying that those that were spiritually strong, might stay spiritually 
strong. This ,s what His concern was, that His joy might be ful- 

no e 1/ n /! 1l t m ' t u AllS0 ' HS x 90SS ° n to Sa ^' "' P ra V not t ha t thou 
shoulcest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep 
them from the evil.' Jesus knew the temptations. He knew that 
old prince, the power of the air, the Devil himself 

There are two kinds of boundary lines, just like there are two 
kinds of a lot 01 things - a right and a wrong. The right boundary 
hnes are at the right place, the wrong ones are simply too far out 
You know the wrong ones are much wor ( se than if they were not 
there because they give a feeling of security, but it is only a false 
security The Devil wants you close enough so that you will qet 
pulled in by the very grip of sin. 9 

True boundaries keep you from danger. I'm sure we all know 
that we must accept Jesus Christ in our heart, life, and soul. We 
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are saved, for everyone of us is only a sinner saved by grace. 
Nevertheless, there are boundaries to observe. Large headlines 
appeared in our newspaper, "Salvation Army relaxes rules to attract 
youth." They overruled the "Thou shalt nots." Years ago they 
had some very strict rules to follow — no smoking, no drinking, no 
dancing, no movies, no worldly amusements. What does it mean 
when an organization moves the boundaries? It simply means the 
Salvation Army or any other organization or church denomination, 
as for as that goes, will not be a part of the bride of Jesus Christ. 
Are they smarted than God? Of the ten commandments, eight 
are "Thou shalt nots." 

Animals are guided by instinct, that built-in mechanism that 
God gives to them. But you know the human being, God's crown 
of creation, has to be guided, directed, and taught in order to be of 
any use to God 1 or society. Sometimes we wonder what is the 
matter with the world today. I quote Dave Wilkerson, "I am not 
concerned about the revolutionary leaders." I can understand why 
the youth of today is confused and wonder which is the right 
boundary. This it the reason you should know your teachers and 
your preachers, but above all know your Bible and your God, and 
then the spirit of truth will lead you, guide you, and direct you in 
the way you are supposed to go. 

We would like to think of just a few things whereby it is so 
important to have the right boundary lines in the life of teenagers. 
The first thing we would think of is entertainment; never have we 
seen the entertainment craze as it is in the world today. It feeds 
the flesh and starves the soul. The races, ball games, the theater, 
or the burlesque show may cause you to feel excited, but afterwards 
you will think how foolish it was. Why did you get so enticed? 
The oftener you attend these places, the more entertainment you 
crave. This is why it is so important to have the boundaries at the 
right places to keep you from going to the wrong places. That 
is why I say the boundary lines are not right and 1 the religious 
leaders don't make them right. Some say you shouldn't go to 
the theater, but it is alright to go to the roller-skating rink. The 
roller-skating rink is on the wrong side of the boundary line. You 
say, "Where can we go, what can we do, how about the Christian 
Bowling League?" There is no such thing as a Christian Bowling 
League, because it too is on the wrong side of the boundary line. 

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. 
If any man love the world 1 , the love of the Father is not in him." 
If you want to go to the places the world goes and do the things the 
world does and look at the things the world looks at, you are going 
to start to love the things of the world and the love of God won't 
be in you. He will give you over to a reprobate mind and you are 
a helpless, hopeless canidate for Hell. Until youth realize to the 



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fullest extent that the love of the world is anmity with God, you 
are never going to have the boundaries at the right places. 

Entertainment has brought about one of the most diabolical 
movements across this country of ours in the form of music. An 
example is the Rock Festival, where the young boys and the young 
girls yell and scream, "Turn us on man!" They sing songs like, 
"Turn me loose!" Its jungle beat seems to bring out a primitive 
nature of boys and girls, where all restrictions go. They seem to 
get drunk on the music of the Devil's rhythm. Don't listen to that 
trash, and be bold enough to tell that you don't. If you have tapes 
in the glove compartment of your car, would you throw them out 
of the window? Throw them in the burning trash can, and then 
you can look God square in the face because' you are putting the 
boundary lines in the right place. 

Next, we would think of the dance, and we would say to you 
young folks, don't go to the dance. I don't care if it is the senior 
iprom or a charity ball; the very smoke and the very fumes come 
straight up from the pit of Hell. Not very long age, a man told 
me that there is nothing wrong with the dance as long as you don't 
lust. But my dear people, the dance is the mother of lust and the 
agitator of passion, and can break down the moral barrier of the 
best person. 

If there is nothing wrong with the dance, why are dance halls 
always dimly lit? If there is nothing wrong with the dance, why 
is it that parents want a special chaperon at teenage dancing? If 
there is nothing wrong with the dance, why is ungodly music 
played to stir up a passion and cause the body to twist, to turn, 
and to sway? There is little for the imagination to follow through 
with. Why should this be? Why are male and female partners 
always together? 

When Moses came down from the Mount of Sinai and saw the 
people dancing and the golden calf, no doubt he thought it couldn't 
be. He knew the people had seen the power of God demonstrated 
in many ways. They saw Mt. Sinai smoke as a furnace when God was 
there; they saw it quake and they saw it tremble. They even heard 
the voice of God, but you know that within forty days it wasn't 
enough to serve God by praising and worshiping Him. They must 
have some form of entertainment and in order to give the people 
entertainment, compromising Aaron gave them exactly what they 
wanted. 

When they came down from the mount, they heard the voice 
of shouting and wondered what it meant. When Moses and Joshua 
came near, they found that the shouting was singing, Exodus 32-18 
Do you think it may have sounded like the rock and roll music of the 
young people screaming and shouting? I believe it probably did 
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Nakedness and dancing went together then, just as it does today. 
Nothing more than the Devil's schemes to make people forget about 
restrictions and boundary lines. To turn themselves loose and forget 
about God, that is what such music is for. 

Another place where boundaries are important is courtship. We 
know there are many crude and cheap references pertaining to sex. 
The laws of marriage, the laws of purity are despised, disregarded, 
and forgotten. There are no restrictions, everything goes and you 
know those kind of people aren't happy. Perhaps the greatest sex 
symbol that the world has ever known was Marilyn Monroe, the 
envy of many young girls. One day she came to herself, and 
realizing the dissatisfaction of her innermost being, she committed 
suicide. 

Teenager, tonight, remember there are boundaries to keep sex 
wonderful. Don't forget that for one moment. Most of you are 
going to have a future home if you live and the Lord tarries His 
coming. I would say to you, think of the future a little bit. Don't 
think I'm going to have a fling, I'm going out and enjoy myself, 
because you sometimes pay a great price for it. Young girl, be the 
kind of a girl that a decent fellow wants to take home to show 
his mother. It doesn't matter what the other girls do today, modesty 
and purity still make a girl more desirable. Don't let the Devil 
tell you for one moment to shorten the hem of your dress so you 
can get a fellow. Young boys, don't do anything you would later 
regret. Petting is on the wrong side of the boundary lines, and 
kissing should be kept for that one and only one, your future mate 
for life. If there is anyone here toight, who says they just want to 
be free, let me tell you this — free love is never free, you pay for 
it in the end. Purity is beautiful, purity is holiness; you want your 
future wife to be pure, you want your future husband pure; then 
keep yoruself pure and I guarantee you that your future will be 
a hundred times happier. 

Today girls and boys are quick to say, "Mom or Dad, don't worry, 
I know how far to go." This is what Sampson thought. Samson 
was the strongest man that lived, who with a jawbone of an ass slew 
one thousand men. But you know the beautiful curves and 1 lovely 
lines of Delilah were too much for him. Little by little he leaned 
her way, and he lay his head in her lap and listened to her sweet 
nothings she wispered to him. As the old snake charmer charms his 
victims, so she vexed his soul to death. That is what the Word says. 
To me, it only proves the point, dear young people; it shows what 
man will do for one moment of sin. It shows the power of lust. 
You cannot play with fire and not be burned, you cannot do it. 
Solomon says, "Can a man take coals in his bosom, and his clothes 
not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be 
burned?" Many a boy and a girl have gone too far; generally they 



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marry someone they don't want to marry. You are going to have 
to learn to say no. 

As Moses came down from the Mount, he smashed the golden calf. 
Then he asked the question, "Who i,s on the Lord's side?" I am 
going to leave the question with you tonight. Which side of the 
boundary lines are you on tonight? Some day there is going to be 
a harvest to reap, lit is going to be a bumper crop of life or a 
bumper crop of death. It's going to be one of the two. Which 
is it going to be for You? Stay off the Devil's territory! Get on the 
side of God and it will be Heaven, with no sorrows and no regrets. 

— From a Sermon by Brother Jack Snyder 
Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 



TRUTH 

What is truth? Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them through thy truth: 
thy word is truth," John 17:17. So we know that we are sanctified 
if we are obedient unto the truth, or the teaching of the Gospel. 

Jesus is not with us in person, so His way is imparted unto us 
through His Gospel. 

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If 
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye 
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," John 8:31-32. 

The Apostle was a wonderful man of God. He wrote, "So, as 
much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are 
at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the go,spel of Christ: for 
it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; 
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek," Rom. 1:15-16. 

When we believe we will not only do the things that the Gospel 
tells us to do, but we will avoid doing the things that the Holy 
Spirit teaches us that are sinful and unrighteous. 

"Therefore being justified 1 by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ," Rom. 5:1. 

There is a wonderful difference in God's disposition toward us 
if we have faith, and are obedient to Him rather than being dis- 
obedient. 

"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these 
things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience," 
Eph. 5:6, Please read the first five verses. 

Humbly submitted, - Brother W. C. Pease, Quinter, Kansas 



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COMPROMISING WITH EVIL 

"And Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom," Gen. 13:12. Lot is 
portrayed as a good man with weakness of character. The choice 
he made reveals a selfishness in his dealings with Abraham. The 
proper thing for Lot to have done was to give his Uncle Abraham 
his choice in selecting the new location. But Lot took for himself 
what seemed to him the best of the land not considering the spiritual 
welfare of his family, only looking at the financial side of the 
proposition. 

Lot's failure to consider his Uncle's rightful authority and his 
quick selfish choice of the richest part of the land shows him to 
have been ungrateful and greedy. 

How characteristic this is of the human family when material 
choices are made without considering the spiritual side of life. 

Lot, I'm sure, was aware of the moral conditions of the people 
of Sodom, knowing that they were notoriously wicked. Gen. 18:20 
tells us God said, "Because their sin is very grievous I will go down 
now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the 
cry of it." 

Wickedness of all kinds, doubtless, prevailed there. Sodomy 
and Sodomite are words which carry down to present day usage and 
stand as sad reminders that immorality and pervesion were prominent 
among the evils of those ancient cities. With these sins so prevalent 
today and with pressures being put upon us to overlook their sin- 
fulness we need to consider seriously the attitude of God toward them 
as they are spoken of here and elsewhere in His Word. To coun- 
tenance these sins is to invite the fate of Sodom upon us. 

The story of Lot presents a vivid picture of the deceitfulness 
of sin. If someone had told Lot when he "pitched his tent toward 
Sodom" that the city would be destroyed by fire and brimstone from 
Heaven, that he would lose all of his property and his wife and most 
of his family, and would father children by his own daughters, no 
doubt he would have laughted them to scorn. Too, the descendants 
of his own two daughters, the AAoabites and the Ammonites, were 
the greatest enemies of God's people later. Lot did not realize that 
the path of compromise leads relentlessly downward. 

The Bible calls Lot a righteous man and tells us that he vexed 
his righteous soul from day to day hearing their filthy conversation 
and seeing their wickedness and unlawful deeds. But rather than 
give up material things he "compromised 1 with evil." 

Compromise is one of Satan's most powerful weapons. He 
seems first to soften our defenses before we are actually aware of 
evil. But we have in God's Word, as well as in secular history, a 
great many happenings by which we can profit. 

We must rub shoulders (so to speak) with the world. And if 



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7£J? e J°\Z n T 9Uard the Ste P d °wnward may not appear so bad 
btTw m U X kn o n W q r r d C ?e n st !h iSO,a ;, e °^ ^ the'wo^d 
us into its mold I John ' ^X* 1 "* ° f the World sc l uee ~ 

the things that are in the world ^ ^ "*■ th& W ° Hd ' neither 
love of the Father is not in hfm ' £j"f 7 ?! 1" lo £ the world < the 
to this world- but be ve franShrmJS k ' u YS Be " 0t confor ^ed 

that ye may Drove what kth !? th ? renewin 9 ° f Y°ur mind, 

will of God" h3t 9 ° 0d ' and a «*ptable, and perfect, 

when most people take opposite vtew^V ^T convicti °ns 

you know to Vright evenwhen you" bes FfrtaSk UP ^^ 

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stood with me but all m^n Wc„„i fPfste Paul said, no man 

the crowd- Si's , divine 7c Tstt T "^ , '* ' S human to stand «*h 

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stem the tide. It is natural t„ „ f""'^ <° follow » principal to 

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May we recognize the foe we face and build ourselves up in that 
most holy faith that we may be able to conquer "ever" but to 
compromise "never." 

— Brother Roscoe Reed, Star Route, Radford, Virginia 24141 



THE CLOSED DOOR 

Jesus Himself said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, 
he shall be saved .. . John 10:9. We also read 1 in Rev. 3:20, "Behold, 
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open 
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he 
with me." Oh, dear unsaved ones, please don't wait, it might be 
too late. Let us accept Christ now. 

The Bible says, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of 
thy youth. . ." Some of these days the door will close forever to 
the sinner who has not answered the pleading of Christ. Many of 
our loved ones are still outside the ark of safety. It won't be long 
till our Lord will come and take the Church as His Bride, and you 
who have not accepted Him will be left on the other side of the 
closed door. There will be no key to open it. Many will stand 
and cry to get in, but it will be too late and they will be lost forever. 

If you gain all this world's goods and lose your soul it will 
profit you nothing. When Christ closes the door it will be a sad 
time. How would one feel if a child or small baby was left in a 
room and the door closed? No key could open the door. How do 
you think the Heavenly Father must feel when He calls, but you 
won't accept Him? GGd alone knows if you will have another 
chance to open your heart's door. If not, you will be lost for all 
eternity. 

Let us turn to Christ and follow Him and receive the joy one 
finds when Christ directs one's life. I am sure you would never 
go back in the world of sin. Noah preached 1 many years and worked 
hard to save the people but only eight souls were saved — those 
of his family. But he was richly paid. They were able to enter the 
ark with him and God closed the door. Let us not put it off another 
day. Let Him come into your heart and get ready for that beautiful 
home He has prepared for all the faithful is my prayer. 

— Sister Elizabeth Alltus 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A BOY SAVES PAUL'S LIFE 

Acts 23:12-33 

The Apostle Paul had been taken prisoner for teaching the people 
about Jesus. More than forty men had made a vow that they 
wouldn't eat or drink till they had killed this apostle. They had 
made an agreement with the elders and chief priests of the Jews to 
have the Roman captain send Paul to their council. 

A boy who was a nephew of Paul had overheard that these men 
had planned to kill Paul. As fast as he could he came to the 
castle where Paul was held prisoner and told him what he had 
heard. Paul called to the soldier who was guarding him and asked 
it he would take his nephew to the chief captain as he had some- 
thing important to tell him. 

The guard took the boy and brought him to the Roman captain 
who took him by his hand to a place where he could talk where no 
one else could hear them. Then he asked Paul's nephew, "What 
is it that you wish to tell me?" 

The boy answered, "The Jews have agreed to have you bring 
Paul down tomorrow into the council, but don't do what they ask 
because there are more than forty men who will lie wait for him- 
for they have bound themselves with an oath that they will neither 
eat nor drink till they have killed Paul." 

Then the captain replied, "Go, but don't tell anyone what you 

have shown me." The captain called two soldiers to him and said, 

Make ready two hundred soldiers and seventy horsemen and two 

hundred spearmen to go by nine o'clock tonight. Be sure Paul has 

a beast to ride on, and deliver him safe to Felix, the governor" 

The soldiers delivered Paul to the Roman governor as they 
were commanded. A boy saved the life of his uncle. God had told 
Paul the night before, "Be of good cheer, Paul: for as you have 
testified of me in Jerusalem, so must you bear witness also at Rome " 
God had used this boy to help carry out His plan for the apostle 
Paul. I wonder how long those forty men went without eatinq 
and drinking, don't you? 

- Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



Before you follow in another's footsteps, be sure those footsteps 
are going in the right direction. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

I want to thank all the brethren and sisters who sent beautiful 
cards and gifts for my birthday. I cannot express the joy they give 
to me. I read them and look at them many iimes. May God bless 
you each one for this kindness to me. Please remember my family 
and me in your prayers. 

With Sincere Christian Love, Sister Margaret Dayhoff 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to thank all for the prayers, flowers, gifts, calls, cards 
and letters during my recent hospitalization. May our Father in 
Heaven bless each abundantly. I am so thankful for His plan for a 
glorified body that will know no illness, heartache, or tears. May 
we love Him, the Church, and lost souls more is my prayer. 

Sister Margaret Myers 

THANKS 

We wish to take this way of expressing our sincere thanks to 
our brethren and sisters for the many cards, telephone calls, and 
flowers that were sent to us on our fifieth wedding anniversary. 
We can only thank you, but we pray the Lord to bless each one. 

Brother and Sister Melvin Roesch 

MARRIAGE 
PIKE - HEISEY 

Sister Dianne K. Pike, daughter of Brother and Sister Wayne Pike 
of West Unity, Ohio, and Brother Paul E. Heisey, son of Brother and 
Sister William Heisey of Bradford, Ohio, were united in marriage 
on Saturday, February 17, 1973, by Elder Melvin Roesch. They will 
make their home at Route 1, West Unity, Ohio 43570. 

DISTRICT MEETING 

District Meeting of the First District will convene April 13-14, 
1973, at the Dayton, Virginia Congregation. 

Delegates, with their credentials, will appear before the 
Credentials Committee, Saturday morning, April 14, before time 
for the business session. 

— Ray S. Shank, District Clerk 



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PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD 

Amos 4: 12 

If we were expecting a call to go into the presence of some 
great king on earth, we should 1 prepare to meet him. If we were 
looking for the summons to appear before a judge and answer a 
serious accusation brought against us, we shohld prepare our reply 
to the charge. If we were about to go to some rich and powerful 
man to ask a great favor at his hands, we should make preparation 
for the interview. 

But how many there are who never think of preparing to meet 
their God. They think less of meeting Him than of their earthly 
master or benefactor. They act toward Him with less respect and 
concern than toward their fellow creature. Yet He is the King of all 
kings, the Lord of all lords. His sentence will decide our eternal 
state. It will either raise us to heavenly joy or cast u.s down to 
hell. We cannot escape Him, we cannot resist Him. We must meet 
Him. and that very soon. When and how we cannot tell. He may 
come to meet us in the judgment, or He may call us to meet Him by 
the summons of death. Oh, let us then prepare to meet Him! But 
how? Only in one way can we do so — by believing in His dear 
Son and seeking acceptance through Him. Then we can meet Him 
without fear, and say, "This is our God; we have waited for Him 
and He will save." 

— Selected from Christian Contender 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL, 1973 

Apr. 1 - God rewardeth the wicked according to their sins 
Judges 9:31-57 

Apr. 8 - The Lord's anger kindled against Israel. Judges 10:1-18 

Apr. 15 - Isaiah 53 

Apr. 22 — EASTER: Christ the resurrection. John 11:20-46 

Apr. 29 - Jepthah covenant with Israel. Judges 11:1-22 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR APRIL, 1973 



CALLED 



Memory Verse, Isa. 55:6 

Seek ye the Lord while he 
may be found, call ye upon 
him while he is near. 

Sun. 1— Isa. 54:1-17 

Mon. 2-lsa. 55:1-13 

Tues. 3— Isa. 56:1-12 

Wed. 4-lsa. 58:1-14 

Thurs. 5-lsa. 60:1-22 

Fri. 6-lsa. 61:1-11 

Sat. 7-lsa. 62:1-12 

Memory Verse, Isa. 56:7 

Even them will I bring to my 
holy mountain, and make 
them joyful in my house of 
prayer: their burnt-offerings 
and their sacrifices shall be 
accepted upon mine altar; 
for mine house shall be 
called an house of prayed for 
all people. 

Sun. 8-lsa. 65:1-25 

Mon. 9-Isa. 66:1-24 

Tues. 10-Jer. 1:1-19 

Wed 1 . 11-Jer. 7:1-34 

Thurs. 12-Jer. 14:1-22 

Fri. 13-Jer. 15:1-21 

Sat. 14-Jer. 23:1-32 

Memory Verse, Isa. 58:9 

Then shalt thou call, and the 
Lord shall answer; thou shalt 
cry, and he shall say, Here I 
am. If thou take away from 
the midst of thee the yoke, 
the putting forth of the finger 
the speaking vanity. 

Sun. 15-Jer. 29:1-32 

Mon. 16— Jer. 30:1-24 

Tues. 17-Jer. 33:1-26 

Wed. 18-Jer. 35:1-19 

Thurs. 19-Lam. 2:1-22 



Fri. 20-Lam. 3:1-66 
Sat. 21 -Dan. 9:1-27 

Memory Verse, Isa. 65:12 

Therefore will I number you to 
the sword, and ye shall all 
bow down to the slaughter: 
because when I called, ye did 
not answer: when I spake, ye 
did not hear; but did evil 
before mine eyes, and did 
choose that wherein I delight- 
ed not. 

Sun. 22-Hosea 2:14-23 

Mon. 23-Hosea 11:1-12 

Tues. 24-Joel 2:1-32 

Wed. 25-Amos 9:1-15 

Thurs. 26-Jonah 1:1-17 

Fri. 27-Zeph. 3:1-20 

Sat. 28— Zech. 8:1-23 

Memory Verse, Hosea 2:16 
And it shall be at that day, 
saith the Lord, that thou shalt 
call me Ishi; and shalt call me 
no more Baali. 

Sun. 29-Zech. 13:1-19 

Mon. 30-Mal. 3:1-18 

Memory Verse, Joel 2:32 
And it shall come to pass, that 
whosoever shall call on the 
name of the Lord chall be de- 
livered: for in Mount Zion and 
in Jerusalem shall be deliv- 
erance, as the Lord hath said, 
and in the remnant whom the 
Lord shall call. 

Zeph. 3:9, For then will I turn 
to the people a pure lan- 
guage, that they may all call 
upon the name of the Lord, to 
serve him with one consent. 



W» S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI APRIL 1,1973 NO. 7 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and 1 more perfect through faith and obedience. 



PRAY 

Men ought always to pray — Luke 18:1. 

Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world, 
When the road is steep, and the valley deep, 

And the clouds hang heavy and gray; 
When the burdens press, and the cares distress, 

Just pause! It is time to pray. 

Oh, I know there are griefs and heartaches, 

There's a cross to carry each day; 
But there's One who will lighten our burdens, 

If to Him we earnestly pray. 

There are many today, who are bound by sin, 
They are beaten and bruised in life's fray; 

But their souls are precious in God's holy sight, 
For these we should ever pray. 

Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world', 

He is coming again some day; 
Oh, may we be "fishers of men" for Him, 

And ever remember to pray. 

— J. Wayland Kemp 



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SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS 

"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth 
the law, happy is he," Prov. 29:18. 

Unfortunate, indeed, is the person born blind. Perhaps it is 
even more unfortunate for the person who has enjoyed the blessing 
of sight, but who becomes blind. Serious as is the lack or loss 
of physical eyesight, even more serious is the lack or loss of spiritual 
vision. The one may be for a time, the other for an eternity. 

The Prophet Isiah prophesied, "For, behold, the darkness shall 
cover the earth, and gross darkness the people," l,sa. 60:2. Rom. 10:8 
tells us that God gave Israel a spirit of slumber that they should 
not see nor hear. The reason? That salvation might come to the 
Gentiles. 

Most would agree that we are living in a highly scientific age. 
It has been stated that the past fifty years have seen more scientific 
progress than all the previous centuries. The Book of Daniel tells 
us that "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased," 
Dan. 12:4. Without doubt this nation has been in the forefront of 
these scientific accomplishments. 

Yet God's Word says darkness shall cover the earth and gross 
darkness the people. Is it not a paradox that in this enlightened age 
a spiritual darkness seems to be settling on this world? 

There are several manifestations of spiritual blindness. Some 
seem to think that God is dead 1 or that He is irrelevant to the problems 
of our day. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish 
foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness 
of God is stronger than men," I Cor. 1 : 18,25. 

There are still those who disbelieve as did the Pharisees and 
Sadducees who came to Jesus desiring a sign from Heaven. Jesus 
said to them, "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the faoe^ of the sky; 
but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" Matt. 16:3. Many 
are so knowledgeable in the things of the world, but as undiscerning 
as the Pharisees in spiritual knowledge. 

Many are ignorant of the Scriptures mainly because of a lack 
of attention to them. It would seem that in this land of Bibles God's 
Word would be read and studied. When we plan a trip we study the 
maps to find the best roads to follow. Yet when it concerns the 
way to Heaven so many are careless and indifferent. 

As sad as it is, many are not interested in the way Heavenward. 
"For this people's heart is waxed 1 gross, and their ear,s are dull of 
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should 
see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand 
with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them," 
Matt. 13:15,16. 



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Another cause of spiritual blindness is sinning presumptuously. 
David prayed that God would "Keep back thy servant from presumpt- 
uous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be 
upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression," Psa. 
19:13. May that also be our prayer. To presume is to expect or 
assume with confidence that God will forgive our sinning without 
our being truly repentant. 

Quite possibly the greatest cause of impaired spiritual vision is 
found in Luke 21:34-36, "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any 
time your hearts be overcharged with surfiting, and drunkenness, 
and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For 
as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the 
whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be 
accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, 
and to stand before the Son of man." 

May our Heavenly Father grant us the vision to see through the 
darkness of these days and be ready for our Lord's coming. 

No legacy is so rich as honesty. 

Humble thyself, and know that God is the Creator of all things. 

Those who see God's hand in everything, can best leave every- 
thing in God's hands. 

I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of 
them have never happened. — Mark Twain 



T HE BIBLE MONITOR APRIL 1, 1973 

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UPHOLDING THE FAITH 

Part 9 

In our writings in previous chapters on this subject, we have 
touched on matters that are of vital importance to the power of the 
Church, and those which contribute to the salvation or condemnation 
of our soul. 

Whether we are saved or condemned depends on the position 
we take on the Scriptures and whether we uphold the faith or not. 
Without faith it is impossible to please God. If we want to be 
saved we will have to conform to His pleasure, not ours. 

If, in our consideration of the Scriptures, we find that we are 
not in harmony with the faith and practices of our forefathers, it 
is an indication that we are not upholding the faith in our own lives. 

Jude 3 admonishes us to "earnestly contend for the faith which 
was once delivered unto the saints." 

We cannot consistently and earnestly contend for the faith, 
and at the same time evidence deviations and departures from the 
faith in our own lives. The two do not harmonize. We cannot 
serve God and mammon. And if we are upholding the faith in 
our lives, we will "walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." 
Romans 8:4. 

Souls that are not hardened 1 through the deceitfulness of sin to 
the place that they are past feeling will not tolerate sin in their 
lives when it is pointed out to them. 

If we, as members of the Dunkard Brethren Church, are not 
measuring up to the Dunkard Faith, a,s practiced by our fore-parents, 
who founded our beloved church, let us search the Scriptures. 

The wise and right thing to do is to pray to God for help to 
renounce and cast off the sinful practices and get re-established on 
the firm foundation. 

Rev. 2:5, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, 
and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee 
quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except 
thou repent." 

In this closing chapter, I would like to stress the importance of 
holding fast, and continuing to uphold the faith which we manifested 
when we were received into the Church by baptism. 

Also, to keep sacred and unbroken the vows which we made 
to God in that solemn hour demands that we uphold the faith until 
death. 

These are vital matters and they will either justify or condemn 
us before our God on the day of judgment. 

The Scriptures teach that our hope of justification and hope of 
salvation depends not only on our acceptance of Christ as the Son 
of God and our personal Saviour, but also upon our steadfastness 
in upholding the faith until death. Rev. 2:10, "Be thou faithful 



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until death, and I will give thee a crown of life." 

What will it profit us, if, after we have accepted Christ, and 
walked with Him, if we turn back again to the sinful things of this 
world, which we formerly renounced? 

We read in Hebrev/s 6:4-6, "For it is impossible for those who 
were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and 
were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good 
word of God, and the powers of Ihe world to cone, If they shall 
fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify 
to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." 

In light of this inspired Scripture, it i r s not only a shame and 
a disgrace to repudiate our profession of faith and baptismal vows, 
but it is a step that may condemn us to everlasting punishment in 
the fires of hell. 

These facts should impress upon us the great responsibility that 
is ours in the welfare of our never dying souls and 1 the danger that 
is inherent in a compromise with the flesh and with the Devil. 

Heb. 4:11-14, "Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, 
lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word 
of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and 
of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and 
intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest 
in his sight: but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him 
with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high 
priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, LET 
US UPHOLD THE FAITH. Conclusion. 

- Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 117, Greentown, Ohio 44630 

FIRST THINGS FIRST 

What are the first things? They are the most vital things. What 
is most vital in life — those material blessings which reward the 
possessor with happiness that is fleeting, or those spiritual blessings 
which bring to the blessed happiness that is enduring? 

Many years ago the One who delivered the Sermon on the Mount 
said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and 
all these things shall be added unto you." "These things" referred 
to what he had been speaking of in the preceding verses — raiment 
and food and drink. 

Do we believe these words? Do we plan and work from day to 
day as though we believe them? Which receives our serious thinking 
— the food we eat and the clothes we wear and 1 the money we earn, 
or our daily devotions in thought of God and our activity in deed 
to man? 



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TWO WAYS - TWO CHOICES 

Which way will you choose to follow each day? 
The broad road to Hell or the Heaven-bound way? 
The decision is yours — which way will you choose? 
Choose wisely, my friend, or your soul you will lose. 

The broad road to Hell may seem rather nice, 

But before you start down it, you'd better think twice. 

It holds many sorrows for young and old; 

It brings only heartaches and misery untold. 

The broad way attracts you with glitter and gold, 
With its fun and frolic, yet it's empty and cold. 
Your journey will take you through valleys so dim; 
Satan laughts at misery; there'll be no help from him. 

The road to Heaven may look rough and steep; 
The problems you face may cause you to weep. 
But the Saviour is calling; "Come this way to me, 
I'll help you, I'll guide you — your Friend I will be." 

The Heaven bound way will bring joy within; 
It brings peace and love, and freedom from sin. 
Christ will lead through the shadows dim, 
Praise God, there truly is help from Him! 

Satan's way brings death, misery, and strife; 
Christ's way brings peace and endless life. 
Which will you decide to follow each day? 
Choose now, choose wisely — who will you obey? 

— By Sister Eileen Broadwater 



FAITHFUL WATCHMEN 

In ancient times cities were built with a high wall and a watch- 
tower, in which was placed an officer whose duty it was to maintain 
a strict guard, and sound the alarm at the approach of an enemy. 

The church of the living God is represented under the figure of 
a city, having its walls, and tower, on which are placed faithful men 
who are charged with the solemn responsibility of watching for 
souls. "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which 
never hold their peace" (Isaiah 62:6). 



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A watchman implies the existence of danger. Some dangers are 
common to every age of the church. There always has been a 
tempting devil, an alluring world, and a deceitful self to watch against 
since the fall of men. But some dangers are peculiar to certain 
periods. This fact is plainly taught in the addresses to the seven 
churches in the Book of Revelation. These churches could represent 
so many successive periods or ages in the progress of the universal 
church. It is evident that the Laodicean age is now on us. What is 
the peculiar besetment of this age? We answer, lukewarmness. In 
that one word there is expressed the greatest danger to which spiritual 
people are exposed today. No heart, no zeal, no energy, no 
aggressiveness, but lifeless forms and cermonies. From one end of 
Christendom to the other we hear the same sad tale of stagnation 
and death, and this condition constantly grows worse. 

But this danger brings on another. Nature abhors a vacum, 
hence when spirituality goes out, worldliness comes in. This has 
been the experience of every apostate church down through all the 
ages. This is the reason why people who once noted for their purity, 
honesty, plainness of attire, and simplicity of worship are now to 
be found in the same level as the world — they have lost their zeal 
and devotion to God — their spirituality is gone. In proportion to 
the degree of vital piety maintained by any church will be its freedom 
from worldly conformity. On the other hand, as flaming zeal 
dies out, so will pride, fashion, selfishness, pomp, and the lust for 
greed and pleasure take its place. God pity the poor blind watch- 
man who cannot see these awful dangers, which are staring us in 
the face. 

A second duty of a watchman is to warn. On the approach of 
danger it becomes his duty to sound the alarm, "to blow the trumpet". 
So it is with Zion's watchman. It is not enough for him to know 
that an enemy is near, he must faithfully warn the people and prepare 
them for battle. Many see the dangers that surround the citadel 
of Zion, but have not the courage to warn the people of them. 
For fear of offending certain individuals, or of losing some of their 
members, or perhaps a part of their support, some of these watchmen 
just keep their mouths closed. Satan is well pleased to have God's 
shepherds acting as "dumb dogs". He is ever crying out, "Let us 
alone," but God says, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a 
trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of 
Jacob their sins" (Isaiah 58:1). 

These dumb dogs in the pulpit of today are a fearful obstacle 
to vital Christianity. No wonder the consciences of great numbers 
of professing Christians are asleep, and sin unblushingly vaunts in 
every direction. If we could see things as God sees them, we 
would no doubt make the awful discovery that the main cause of 
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members is to be found in the unfaithful watchmen on the walls of 
Zion. 

Another duty of the spiritual watchman is to hear God's Word. 
His message of warning must be inspired. He must hear the words 
at God's mouth. That will require living close enough to hear God, 
but such a watchman will find that a message thus secured will have 
authority in it. There is a wonderful power in God's Word to arouse 
and alarm. 

The position of a watchman, in a worldly sense, is one of great 
responsibility. On him depends a great deal. But much greater is 
the responsibility of Zion's watchman. Unfaithfulness on his part 
will soon convert his church into nothing but worldlings. It is 
difficult for people to be converted to a higher standard than the one 
held up by the minister of the Gospel. If his preaching is of a soft 
character which hurts no one's conscience, his so-called converts will 
no doubt be of the same type. From the ranks of these members will 
come his officials; and if his officials are not solid, true men, what 
kind of support can he expect from them when it is proposed to 
discipline those who are walking disorderly? His hands will be 
tied, and his work will go from bad to worse. 

If any spiritual church goes down, it will be through the unfaithful- 
ness of its ministers. On them depends, humanly speaking, its purity, 
its life, and its power. At times they may think it is easier to 
withhold certain unpalatable truths, but God solemnly declares that 
the blood of those lost through neglect of the watchman to give 
the needed warning will be required at his hands. Tremendous 
responsibility! The doom of the most abandoned wretch in the 
bottomless pit will be light indeed compared with the curses and 
blasphemies that will be heaped upon the hirelings and traitors who 
have stood on Zion's walls, and who, in the hour of danger, failed 
to do their duty. Better for them if they had 1 never been born. 

Brethren in the ministry, our obligations are tremendous; they 
are as high as heaven and as far reaching as eternity. If we remain 
true to our calling, we shall need continually the power of the Holy 
Ghost on our hearts to keep us on the one hand from everything 
like a censorious, harsh spirit, and on the other hand, from preaching 
with the "enticing words of man's wisdom." 

"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman upon the 
house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and 
warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, 
thou shalt surely die; if thou dcest not speak to warn the wicked 
from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood 
will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked 
of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall 
die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul" (Ezekiel 33:7-9). 
— Selected from The Christian Contender by Brother Willard Beam 



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THE ARM OF THE LORD 

"But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet 
they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet 
might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? 
and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?" John 12- 
37,38. 

The Scriptures give us a word picture of the days when Jesus 
walked on the earth. They help us to know and understand the 
hardness of men's hearts. Jesus himself quoted the word's of Isaiah 
the prophet, "Lord, who hath believed our report and to whom hath 
the arm of the Lord been revealed?" As we thing of the arm of 
the Lord we are made to think that the arm, with the hand attached, 
is one of the most useful parts of the body. 

If we were to think upon the uses of the arm we wonder who 
could tell or even think of all the things we use an arm for. We 
would be helpless without our arms. We know there are those in the 
world who do not have arms. It is difficult for us to understand 
how they can make their way through the world. When we think 
about some of the uses of the arm and why the prophet used this 
expression to describe the coming of the Lord, we think first of all of 
our assisting one another. Occasionally we have opportunity to help 
someone who is aged or crippled. We say, "Here, take my arm so I 
may help you." It is wonderful that we can assist one another. Then 
we think of our own needs and how our arm supplies our daily food. 
How would you get your food to your mouth, even if it is set before 
you, without an arm to assist? Think about it. Try it if you think 
it would be easy. Then I think of our little ones, how often they 
fall and we extend an arm or hand to lift them up and help them to 
their feet again. Another use for our arm is when there are trials, 
troubles, sorrows; we can place an arm around others to comfort them. 
Perhaps as we think of the uses of the arm we can better understand 
why the prophet spoke of the Lord as he did. 

The songs we sing and the Scriptures we read speak of the Arm 
of the Lord, and sometimes the Hand of the Lord. Again we think 
of the question the prophet asks, "To whom is the arm of the Lord 
revealed?" To whom does the Lord extend this Arm? The Arm of 
the Lord is extended in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ ,to all who 
would see and be enlightened. The prophet in his day could well 
discern the dullness of the spiritual eye of his people, when he 
spoke of the coming of the Lord hundreds of years before He came. 
How many of the people that surrounded Jesus during His ministry, 
actually discerned the fact that here was the Arm of God living among 
them? Jesus was one who could assist them to walk, and during 
His ministry, He healed the sick and made the lame walk. 

The Samaritan woman desired the temporal things, the needs 



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of the natural body. She said, "Lord, give me to drink of this water 
that I should never thirst again," not fully comprehending the Arm 
of the Lord; it was Spiritual drink which He had to offer and not the 
water out of Jacob's well. 

Another example of the Arm of the Lord is the woman taken in 
adultery. The Jews brought her to Jesus to see what sentence He 
would pronounce upon her. The Law said to stone her. She had 
fallen in sin but Jesus reached out His hand to her and said, "Neither 
do I condemn thee, go and sin no more." 

Jesus extended sympathy to those about Him. Mary and Martha's 
brother, Lazarus, died. Jesus extended to them sympathy beyond 
that of a human brother. He held forth an eternal hope, the hope 
of resurrection. 

The Arm of the Lord is still in use today. The prophet asks the 
question, "To whom has it been revealed?" We ask the question, 
How is it revealed? It was not revealed to those two disciples as 
they walked with Him, but as they tarried together. Jesus gave 
thanks and broke bread; then their eyes were opened and they 
realized that it was Jesus, the Arm of the Lord. 

We believe that the Arm of the Lord is revealed through the Word. 
We will not know the Lord until we get to know the Word'. If we 
are not interested in the Word of God I question whether the Arm of 
the Lord will ever be revealed to us. 

When shall the Arm of the Lord be revealed? The Arm of the 
Lord ha,s been revealed from Isaiah's time until now to individuals, 
but not unto all the people. Will it be revealed to us? The Arm 
of the Lord will be revealed to us when we realize that we have 
need of a Saviour. He is round about us, His Spirit is in the world, 
in every place we are told. The Psalmist spoke of the presence of 
the Lord, and he said, "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: 
If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings 
of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there 
shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." Our 
eyes are blinded and the Arm of the Lord is not seen by us because 
the Devil does not want us to see it. Today, the Holy Spirit is 
searching the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls, that He might 
woo and win them and show them the Arm of the Lord. 

Under what circumstance is the Arm of the Lord revealed? 
Perhaps there is no specific circumstance under which the Lord is 
revealed. Many call for assistance from God when there is no one 
else to call upon. The Lord' does not want us to wait until times of 
trouble. The time is now. Today the arm of the Lord will be 
revealed to us if we will look and behold the things that God has in 
His Word for us. 

We are not sufficient of ourselves. We are not even sufficient of 
ourselves in every instance to take care of the natural. How many 
times do we come to the end of ourselves and realize we have to 



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have help from someone else, even for the caring of the physical 
body. Certainly we are not sufficient of ourselves to take care of 
our souls. We need the Arm of the Lord. This Jesus, of whom the 
prophet spoke, can help us. 

First of all. He cleanses and purifies this soul of ours. Then 
He will help us to keep it pure and whole. This body will never 
enter Heaven. It is only that part that is invisible to the eye of 
man, but very visible to the eye of God that is going to enter Heaven. 
But it must be prepared first. 

We know man by nature is sinful. We were born a sinful nature 
because we are seed of Adam and Eve. They became sinful because 
they disobeyed God's law. When we come to the age of accountability 
we recognize that we have sinned and come short of the glory of 
God. The Arm was given so that we might take hold of it and be 
lifted up, as David in the Psalms said, "He has brought me up out 
of the miry clay, (that's sin) and set my feet upon a rock." That 
rock is representative of the Lord Jesus. 

Has the Arm of the Lord been revealed to you? Do you want 
the Arm of the Lord revealed to you? There may come a time in 
life when you will much desire the Arm of the Lord to lean upon, 
to lift you out of trouble, to comfort you in times of distress. Now 
is the time to have that Arm revealed and to claim it as your own. 
"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He 
is near." 

— Brother Joseph E. Flora 

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CHRIST 

is the 

CENTER and HEART of the BIBLE 

The Old Testament is an account of a Nation. 
The New Testament is an account of a Man. 
The Nation was founded and nurtured of God to bring Man 
into the world. 

God Himself became a Man, to give mankind a concrete, definite, 
tangible idea of what kind of Person to think of when we think of 
God. God is like Jesus. Jesus was God incarnate in human form. 

His appearance on the earth is the Central Event of all history. 
The Old Testament sets the stage for it. The New Testament 
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As a Man, He lived the most strangely Beautiful Life ever known. 
He was the Kindest, Tenderest, Gentlest, most Patient, most Sympathet- 
ic man that ever lived. He loved people. He hated to see people 
in trouble. He loved to Forgive. He loved to Help. He wrought 
marvelous miracles to feed hungry people. For relieving the suffer- 
ing He forgot to take food 1 for himself. Multitudes, weary, pain-ridden, 
and heart-sick, came to Him, and found healing and relief. It is 
said of Him, and of no other, that if all the deeds of Kindness that 
He did were written, the world would not contain the books. That 
is the kind of man Jesus was. That is the kind of Person God is. 

Then: He died, on the Cross, to take away the Sin of the world, 
to become the Redeemer and Saviour of men. 

Then: He Rose from the Dead: is Alive Now: not merely an 
historical character, but a Living Person: the Most Important Fact of 
History, and Most Vital Force in the world today. 

The whole Bible is builded around this Beautiful Story of Christ, 
and His promise of Life Eternal to those who Accept Him. The Bible 
was written only that men might Believe, and Understand, and know 
and Love, and Follow CHRIST. 

Christ, the Center and Heart of the Bible, the Center and Heart 
of History, is the Center and Heart of Our Lives. Our Eternal Destiny 
is in His hand. Our Acceptance, or Rejection, of Him, determines, 
for each of us, Eternal Glory, or Eternal Ruin; Heaven, or Hell: one 
or the other. 

The Most Important Decision any one is ever called on to make 
is to Settle, in his heart, once for all, the matter of his Attitude toward 
Christ. On that depends Everything. 

It is a Glorious thing to be a Christian, the Most Exalted privilege 
of mankind. To accept Christ as Saviour, Lord, and Master, and to 
strive Sincerely and Devotedly to Follow in the Way of Life which 
He taught, i,s certainly, and by far, the most reasonable, and most 
satisfactory way to live. It means Peace, Peace of Mind, Contentment 
of Heart, Forgiveness, Happiness, Hope, Life Here and 1 Now, Life 
Abundant, LIFE THAT SHALL NEVER END. 

How can anyone be so blind, or so dumb, as to go through life, 
and Face Death, without the Christian Hope? Apart from Christ, what 
is there, what can there be, either for This World, or the Next, to 
make life worthwhile? We All have to die. Why try to laugh it 
off? It seems like Every Human Being would Welcome Christ with 
Open Arms, and consider it the Proudest Privilege of life to wear 



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the Christian Name. 



In the last analysis, the dearest, sweetest thing in life is the 
consciousness, in the inner depths of our motives, that we live for 
Christ; and, though our efforts be ever so feeble, we toil at our daily 
tasks, in hope of, in the final round-up, having done something to 
lay, in humble gratitude and adoration, as an offering at His feet. 

— Taken from Halley's Bible Handbook 

— Selected by Virgil Sines 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A CONVENIENT SEASON 

Acts 24:1-26 

Paul had been taken to Felix, the governor of Judea. The Roman 
captain, Lysias, had taken him by night to escape a plot of the Jews 
to kill him. The Jews then sent men to the Roman governor to 
accuse Paul falsely of deeds that he was not guilty of. Paul was 
allowed to speak for himself, and in his defense before Felix and his 
accusers, the Jews, he finally said, "I worship the God of my fathers, 
believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets: 
and have hope toward God which they themselves al,so allow, that 
there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the 
unjust." 

After Felix the governor had dismissed the Jews, he gave Paul 
the privilege of seeing any of his friends that would come to him. 
Then after a time Felix and his wife, Drusilla, sent for Paul to hear 
about Paul's faith in Jesus. As Paul spoke to them of righteousness, 
temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix trembled because he 
knew Paul spoke the truth. Then he said to Paul, "Go your way 
for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you." 
I don't think that Felix ever called and asked Paul about Jesus 
again. What a pity that a man who was convinced that Jesus was 
his Saviour, would turn down salvation because of pride. He would 
not give up riches and pleasures in this life so he could live forever, 
even though he knew there was a judgment to come. 

Putting off Jesus for things we think are more important for the 
present will never do. Jesus says, "Seek first the kingdom of heaven 
and His righteousness." 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



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IT TAKES COURAGE 

To live according to your convictions. 

To refuse to make a living in a questionable vocation. 

Not to bend the knee to popular prejudice. 

To say "No" squarely when those around you say "Yes". 

To live honestly within your means, not dishonestly upon the means 

of others. 

To speak the truth, though a little prevarication would be to a great 

advantage. 

To do your duty in silence, obscurity, and poverty, while others 

about you prosper through neglecting or violating sacred obligations. 

To refuse to do a thing which you think is wrong, although it is 

customary and done in trade. 

To face slander and lies, and to carry yourself with cheerfulness and 

dignity for years before the lie can be corrected. 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Please have all business in the hands of the Writing Clerk of 
General Conference by April 20. 

- Ray R. Reed, Writing Clerk 

NOTE OF THANKS 

We want to thank everyone for the many prayers offered in our 
behalf, the many cards, and the gifts we received during David's 
illness and the birth of our baby. Everyone is doing fine now. May 
God richly bless each and everyone of you. 

— Brother and Sister David Surbey 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

If it be the Lord's will, the Plevna Congregation will hold Pre- 
Easter services, starting Wednesday, April 18, for three evenings. 
There will be services Saturday, April 21, beginning at 2:00 P.M., 
with Lovefeast at 7:00 P. M. We invite you to come and be with us 
in these services. 

— Sister Ruthanna Lilly, Cor. 



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OBITUARY 

IRENE BERKENSTOCK 

Daughter of the late Elmer and Lizzie Becker Wickel was born 
December 21, 1892, at Denver, Pennsylvania, and departed this life 
at the Reading Community General Hospital, on January 26, 1973, 
at the age of 80 years, 1 month, and 5 days. 

She was united in marriage to Howard Berken.stock in the year 
1913. 

She is survived by two sons, George of Reinholds, Russell of 
Bernville; one daughter, Evelyn, wife of Ted Snyder, of Bernville; 
one sister, Alma Meade, also of Bernville; thirteen grandchildren; and 
fourteen great-grandchildren. One brother, Elmer preceded her in 
death. 

Sister Berkenstock was baptized into the Church of the Brethren 
on September 7, 1907, at the age of fourteen, and united with the 
Dunkard Brethren at the time of organization in 1926. She remained 
a faithful member of the Bethel Congregation. 

Funeral services were held January 30, 1973, at 1:30 P.M., at 
Lamm and Whitman Funeral Home in Wernersville, by Elder James 
Kegerreis and Brother Paul Hartz. Internment was at Sinking Springs 
Cemetery. 

We miss her sweet smile and kindly words. 

LOVING MEMORIES 

Your gentle face and patient smile 

With sadness we recall, 
You had a kindly word for each 

And died beloved by all. 

The voice is mute and stilled the heart 

That loved u,s well and true 
Ah, bitter was the trial to part 

From one so good as you. 

You are not forgotten loved one 

Nor will you ever be, 
As long as life and memory last 

We will remember thee. 

We miss you now, our hearts are sore, 
As time goes by we miss you more, 

Your loving smile, your gentle face, 
No one can fill your vacant place. 



Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI APRIL 15, 1973 NO. 8 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LIFT YOUR GLAD VOICES 

Lift your glad voices in triumph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die; 
Vain were the terrors that gathered around Him, 
And short the dominion of death and the grave. 

He burst from the fetters of darkness that bound Him, 
Resplendent in glory, to live and to save; 
Loud was the chorus of angels on high, — 
The Savior hath risen, and man shall not die. 

Glory to God, in full anthems of joy; 

The being He gave us death cannot destroy; 

Sad were the life we may part with tomorrow, 

If tears were our birthright, and death were our end. 

But Jesus hath cheered the dark valley of sorrow, 
And bade us, immortal, to heaven ascend; 
Lift then your voices in triumph on high, 
For Jesus hath risen, and man shall not die. 

— Selected from The Vindicator 



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JESUS' LAST WEEK OF MINISTRY 

As Easter approaches, our thoughts turn to this most important 
period of the life of Christ that we might appreciate more fully His 
willingness to die for us. 

For some three years Jesus' ministry was a busy one. It was 
a time of strenuous activity. During the day He went about preaching, 
teaching, and healing. Then at night He often went to a quiet place 
to pray, perhaps all night. Yet this was only leading up to the 
last week of our Lord's earthly life. 

Several things come to mind as we think of this Last Week. It 
began with the triumphal entry of Jesus into the City of Jerusalem. 
It was a time of great rejoicing for most of the people. Yet it provided 
an opportunity for those who were opposed to Jesus to give vent to 
their anger. The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders assembled 
in the high priest's palace to determine how they might take Jesus to 
kill Him. It was Judas who agreed to betray our Lord for thirty 
pieces of silver (which according to Dake was $19.40 in our money 
and the price of a slave). Jesus and the Twelve ate together at 
which time the traitor was pointed out. At this time Jesus also 
instituted the ordinances of feet washing and communion. 

Soon after this Jesus and the Eleven apparently went through 
the streets of the city to the Garden of Gethsemane where He often 
went to pray. This time He went apart from the disciples and 
prayed alone imploring the Father that if it were possible He might 
be spared the drinking of the Cup. Yet He did not falter, but sub- 
mitted Himself completely to the Father's will. After that, He was 
betrayed by Judas, arrested and brought to trial. No fault was 
found in Him, but because of the demands of the Jews, Pilate finally 
gave the order of crucifixion. 

After this, Jesus bore the cross on the way to Calvary until He 
broke down under the heavy burden and another bore it for Him. 
Arriving there, nails were driven through His hands and feet and 
He was raised upright to hang there until He died. The Bible tells us 
"He was numbered with the transgressors." In great agony He bore 
our sins. As He gave up the Ghost He cried in triumph, "It is 
finished." 

No doubt things looked dark to the disciples as Jesus' body was 
taken down from the cross and laid in the grave. For the moment 
they had forgotten what Jesus had said about rising from the dead. 
When they went to the tomb an angel greeted them with the words, 
"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is 
risen." 

Such were the events of the last week of Jesus' ministry. As 
the disciples throught of the events of the past week their joy must have 
been unparalleled in the assurance that Jesus was risen and that 
He had power over death and the grave. Jesus was put to death 



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for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Jesus said, 
"Because I live, ye shall live also," John 14:19. "But now is Christ 
risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive," 
I Cor. 15:20,22. 

Although our hearts are saddened at the thought of Jesus' 
crucifixion at the hands of wicked men, yet our hearts are gladdened 
that our Lord is risen from the dead and is ascended 1 to Heaven. He 
has sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to be with us until He comes 
to receive His own unto Himself. What a gloroius hope for the 
future when those who believe in Him shall be- raised from the dead 
and the living righteous shall be caught up with them to meet the Lord. 

Without hardships, there would be no evidence of helpfulness; 
without danger, there would 1 be no courage; without need, there 
would never be any sharing; without suffering, no compassion. 

If you've answered God's call, don't spend time regretfully looking 
back at the world and its wiles. 

By grace the true Christian can remain right-side-up in an upside- 
down world! 

To do evil for good is human corrution; to do good for good is 
civil retribution; but to do good for evil is Christian perfection. 
Though this be not the grace of nature, it is the nature of grace. 



THE BIBLE MONITOR APRIL 15, 1973 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 
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under the Act of March 3, 1897. 

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Pa. 17340. 



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REDEEMED 

I came to you unworthy, Lord, 
But through your blessed Son, 

The life He lived, the life He gave, 
The victory has been won. 

Earth holds no merit I could bring, 

For me salvation's free; 
But oh, the price that Jesus paid. 

His blood, it purchased me. 

I caught a glimpse of Calvary, 

As He hung there on that tree: 

I saw the love He manifest, 

His blood then fell on me. 

Then I saw the empty tomb, 

'Tis glory beyond compare, 
To know no stone upon this earth, 

Could hold my Saviour there. 

I saw His take the upward flight, 

To be at God's right hand; 
To intercede for sinful man. 

To take away sin's blight. 

He's coming back for you and me, 
Our mansion He's prepared; 

That where He is, there we may be, 
His glory forever to share. 

— Sister Lucille Throne 



THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION 

In First Corinthians, chapter fifteen, the Apostle Paul presents 
the resurrection of Christ as the most triumphant victory of all human 
history. He saw in the resurrection victory over the condemnation 
of the Law, victory over the fear of death, victory over sin, and 
complete victory over Satan. 

When Christ was crucified, Satan used the bigotry of fanatics, 
corrupt priests, lying witnesses, the vindictiveness of a raging mob, 
a vacillating governor, a treacherous disciple, the cowardice of the 
other disciple, and the taunts of the callous bystanders. Nevertheless, 
Jesus by willingly submitting to these personified evils triumphed 



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over them by His great love. When He rose from the dead, however, 
He defeated once for all the instigator of these evils, the great 
deceiver, Satan. 

Christ's resurrection shows that spiritual forces are far more 
powerful than human forces. On Easter morning the great breath 
of life touched the dead body of Christ in the grave and gave back 
to Him the life evil men thought they had taken from Him on the 
cross. The gospel narrative indicates that the risen Christ was much 
more than flesh and blood for in His post-resurrection appearances 
He is independent of time and space. He comes and goes at will. 
The end of the Emmaus story is His vanishing from sight, Luke 24:31. 
When He appeared to the assembled disciples they were terrified, 
thinking they had seen a ghost, Luke 24:37. On another occasion 
when they were together behind closed doors He suddenly appeared 
in the midst of them, John 20:19,26. The spiritual power manifested 1 
in Christ's resurrection is the same power God uses in raising repenting 
sinners from spiritual death to life eternal. 

The resurrected Christ is the assurance and pledge that the 
future is meaningful. The early church fully believed their future 
was meaningful. Their work and worship was done in a spirit of 
joy and anticipation. No threat of bodily harm could daunt them 
because they knew thait one day they would be with the Lord. They 
would be ushered into His heavenly kingdom either through "natural 
death" or they would be caught up in the clouds to meet Him at His 
second coming. They knew no man could hurt their souls nor blot 
out their future with Christ. 

It is sometimes said today that this emphasis on the future by 
followers of Christ is unnecessary and even undesireable. But to 
omit it or deny it robs life of its larger perspective; it is to destroy 
for sufferers and the lonely their greatest comfort. Who but one 
who believed in a future with Christ, after having been beaten, ship- 
wrecked, ridiculed for his faith, imprisoned, and suffered much want 
could say, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh 
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (II Corinthians 

4:17)? 

The resurrection is relevant to the human need for purpose and 
assurance. Through the application of scientific know-how we have 
unlimited physical comforts yet we are an unhappy nation. We 
have ever-increasing facilities for understanding and enjoyment of life, 
yet few of us seem to possess a sense of real purpose. We seem to 
have no concept of the real meaning of life, to say nothing of any 
certainty of its continuance. Only through the resurrected Christ 
can we find real purpose for our lives. It is when we share in His 
resurrection that the dynamic of the event fills our lives with new 
hope and purpose. Then we know what it means to be sustained 
through any and all problems and perplexities we are called to face. 

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Unless we participate in the resurrection of Christ we will "progress" 
to our doom. Evil always produces continuing and cumulative effects. 
Each act of evil, realized or not, brings in its wake miselry and bondage 
Trying to escape from the evil consequences of previous decisions, 
we soon become involved in other evils which further complicate our 
destiny. Only the interposition of another power strong enough 
to stop the downward trend can bring about deliverance. The 
resurrected Christ is that power. "He is able also to save them to the 
uttermost that come unto God by him . . ." (Hebrews 7:25). 

The power of the resurrection is best shown in the existence of 
the Christian church. If the disciples had not been convinced that 
Jesus was alive there would be no Christian church today. Imme- 
diately after the crucifixion the Bible record shows us a company of 
frightened, disappointed men terrified that they would be involved 
in Jesus' "fate". Their supreme desire seemed to be just to escape 
and get back to their old jobs and forget the terrible nightmare 
they had been through. But a short time later following Pentecost 
we see these men filled with unquenchable confidence and courage 
that defied every man who opposed them in presenting the gospel 
of Jesus Christ. Now they were willing — eagerly so — to take 
on the task of winning the world for Jesus Christ. This all happened 
because something convinced them that Jesus was not dead, but 
alive. It would be very difficult to believe that the beginning 
of the Christian church and its continued existence is based on any- 
thing other than the fact Christ did rise from the grave and' that 
He is alive forevermore. 

The hope of the resurrection concerns the individual. In our 
age of collectivism the tendency is to translate hope into social 
progress. "A better world" through improving outward material 
circumstances is good up to a point, but each and every man stands 
alone with himself in his community. He must find a way to handle 
his fears, his doubts, his problems, his loneliness, his guilt. The 
power of God to raise the dead certainly includes the power to 
gather up broken, sinful man. 

No truth can have greater power over us than the truth that 
Christ is risen from the dead. It makes certain for us that there is 
a future state and that our best interests are to prepare here and 
now for it. It is not enough just to say, "Christ is risen." We must 
willingly surrender ourselves to Him and follow Him wherever He 
leads; otherwise, we will continue to follow our old ways of living 
and certainly there is no future in doing that. 

Christ did rise from the dead! Has He risen in your heart? 

— The Wesleyan Advocate 



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WHAT SS OUR HOPE OF THE HEREAFTER? 

Belief in immortality is as universal as the human race. There 
has been implanted within the soul of every man by the Creator, an 
intuition that cannot be smothered by care or anxiety, that there is 
a future life, into which we must enter, toward which we must strive 
and for which we must prepare. 

Surely we have not been created so that belief in a lie is more 
productive for good than belief in the truth. The supreme question 
that confronts every thinker is that of the future life. What one 
believes makes all the difference between hope and despair; courage 
and fear. They who have no future have little incentive for noble 
living here. Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity. 
At each Easter time we see in the empty tomb the fulfillment of 
Christ's words: "Destroy this temple, and in three days 1 will raise 
it up." 

All the arguments of history about immortality have been proved 
by demonstration at this scene at the tomb. Christ brought life 
and immortality to light through His resurrection. 

"Impoverished is the man who owns one world 1 , 
And one alone; whose soul ha,s never trod 
The bold beginnings of the path to God; 
Who goes with ne're a flaming dream unfurled 
Along the crawling highways of his kind, 
Clinging to vapors and to husks, 
With futile hands, half lost and wholly blind, 
Fearful of the shadows, yet without the mind 
To see what stars may fleck his journey's dusks, 
To him be pity. For his soul shall grope 
In vain for beauty, and for hope." 
Job asks: "If a man die shall he live again?" And in the 
beautiful eleventh chapter of St. John's Gospel, Jesus answers his 
question when He speaks those comforting words to Mary and Martha 
on the occasion of Lazarus' death: "I am the resurrection, and the 
life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live: 
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." 

Again, let us consider the value Paul put upon the resurrection 
and the hope of the hereafter in his letter to the Philippians, chapter 
3: "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ: 
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency 
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: . . . that I may know him, 
and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, 
being made comformable unto his death." 

One evening a man lingered in the cemetery reading the half- 
effaced inscriptions until darkness fell. He was astonished as he was 
leaving to find a little girl standing near. "Are you not afraid," he 
asked "to be alone in the churchyard gloom?" She pointed to a 



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cottage near by and said, "My home lies yonder, through the church- 
yard gloom." She was the daughter of the caretaker and was 
unafraid. The child's words were a message from God to a weary 
man. He realized that his home was also through the gloom to the 
light of home beyond. 

And so this is our hope and assurance. Through faith in Christ, 
the Lord of Life, we can affirm with Paul: "I know him whom I have 
believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I 
have committed unto him against that day" (II Timothy 1:12). 

— Selected from Christian Monitor 



THE CUP 

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master, instituted the Communion 
Service as the climax of the Lovefeast Service. It was in the evening 
of the last day before His crucifixion and burial. In the Lovefeast, 
Christ established a means of strengthening the Saints and bringing 
them into common union — not only with Himself but also with 
each other. The apex of this service is the Communion — the 
Bread and the Cup — which is prepared for by the other elements 
of the service. These elements, the Feetwashing to cleanse the 
believers from daily sins, the Lord's Supper to provide a meal of 
fellowship in commonness of equipment and food and the Holy 
Kiss as a pledge to be true one to the other, though important them- 
selves, are preparatory for the Communion itself. To partake of 
the Communion without the preparatory services is as absurd as 
performing the preparatory services then not partaking of the Bread 
and the Cup. 

In the words of Paul, we find the institution of the Communion 
by Jesus, "That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was 
betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, he brake it, 
and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this 
do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the 
cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament 
in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of 
me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do 
shew the Lord's death till he come." 1 Corinthians ll:23b-26. The 
Communion is a service of the broken body and spilled blood of 
Jesus Christ as represented symbolically in the Bread and the Cup. 
That broken body and spilled blood which was given for all who 
would believe and accept His work of redemption is the common basis 
uniting all who surround the Lord's Table. This is not a service 
given long ago for another age but a service delivered to us by 
Jesus Christ and His Apostles that we might keep it. 

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the Lord Himself then we want to keep it in the way directed by 
His Word and in harmony with its teachings. Therefore, we want 
not only to keep the service but we want the very form of it as He 
would desire. We want the correct substances to be used in such an 
important service; especially in the sacred emblems — the Bread 
and the Cup. 

There is little despute about the Bread that would best fit the 

description and purpose of the Communion Service. It must be 

unleavened bread — not "baker's bread" or leavened bread. But 

there does arise dispute over the contents of the Cup — whether it 

" should be wine or unfermented grape juice. 

It would seem inconsistent to insist on unleavened bread but 
to permit and defend the use of fermented wine in the Communion 
Service. The unleavened bread must not contain any yeast or 
leavening to be considered unleavened. Wine contains about one 
percent yeast so the care in making the bread, unleavened, would' 
be of little use if served with the drink which contains leavening. 
Paul says, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Galatians 
5:9. Since leavem throughout the Bible represents sin and evil, 
it is highly inconsistent to have as a part of the most sacred and Holy 
of all Christian services, that which contains leaven. 

When Christ instituted the Communion Service in the Upper 
Room, from whence comes our pattern, there was no wine to be 
used. Christ came to fulfill the Old Jewish Law perfectly, which 
He did, even as His greatest and most trying hour approached. In 
the week of Passover the houses of the Jews were rid of all leaven 
so Jesus could not have kept the Law perfectly if He had partaken 
of wine at the Last Supper. If He had failed 1 in this small point of 
keeping the Law, He could not have fulfilled it and His sacrifice on 
the cross would have been ineffective and unavailing for us. But 
we know by His Resurrection that His sacrifice was accepted by 
God thus He did not use anything containing leaven during Passover 
week and especially at this Last Supper with the Apostles. 

Jesus, Himself, identified the drink in this first Communion. He 
called it the "fruit of the vine" (Mark 14:25) showing it to be grape 
juice — the juice made directly from the grapes rather than wine 
which is another product. Wine is a product that is made from 
1 the same raw material but is different because of the processes 

within it. It is no longer simply the juice of the fruit of the vine, 
but a new drink — a leavened drink — wine. There is a great 
difference between fruit juice and wine. 

Throughout the ages, the debilitating and disastrous effects 
that alcoholic beverages have had upon human beings have been 
recognized. Many are the deaths, injuries, and sufferings caused by 
alcoholic drinks. Certainly, Jesus, the One who would die for all 
mankind, would never introduce anything into His Church that would 
turn to evil. He came to bring life, not death and suffering. All true 



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Christians are ever and rightfully opposed to the use of alcoholic 
beverages beyond fheir limited medicinal properties. To the 
Christian, his body is the Holy Temple of the Holy Spirit, a body to 
be cared for, not to be abused. Alcohol is only too well known as an 
agent of abuse. That which is deadly to the body — the temple of 
the Spirit — could not be of use in a Spiritual service. All Christians 
would arise in righteous protest if it were suggested that beer should 
be used rather than wine in the Communion Service. Yet it remains 
that the alcoholic content is about four times as great as that of beer. 
Certainly, none would want to use such a beverage as beer but why 
should any want to use an even stronger alcoholic beverage? 

The Communion Service is a holy service; therefore it should be 
completely free of anything sinful or representative of sin. We should 
carefully choose the elements to be used in that Holy Service. Our 
Bread and our Cup should be unleavened. 

- Brother Milton Cook, Apt. # 3, 1309 W. Lynne Ave., Anaheim, CA. 

92802 

••••••• 

DON'T WHINE 

Today, upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair. I 
envied her, she seemed so gay, and wished I were as fair. 

When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the 
aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch and as she passed, a smile. 

O God, forgive me when I whine, 1 have two legs, the world 
is mine! 

And then I stopped to buy some sweets. The lad who sold 
them had such charm. I talked with him, he seemed so gay — if 
I were late 'twould do no harm. And as I left he said to me: "I 
thank you, you have been so kind. It's nice to talk to folks like you. 
You see," he said, "I'm blind." 

Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes, the world 
is mine! 

Later, walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue. 
He stood and watched the others play. It seemed 1 he knew just what 
to do. I stopped a moment and then I said, "Why don't you join the 
others, Dear?" He looked ahead, without a word and then I knew 
he could not hear. 

With legs to take me where I'd go — with eyes to watch the 
sunsets glow — with ears to hear what I should know. 

Oh God, forgive me when I whine. 

I'm blessed — the world is mine! 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

ALMOST PERSUADED 

Acts 25 and 26 

One night the Lord stood by Paul and told him that he was to 
testify of Jesus in Rome also. Paul was a Roman citizen and as such 
had certain privileges that others did not. He had used his citizen- 
ship to save his life more than once. Knowing that to be turned 
over to the Jews would mean death, by asking to be judged by 
Geasar. Festus, who was governor after Felix, granted Paul this 
privilege. 

In those days travel was slow, and it wasn't possible to go places 
at a moment's notice like we do now. Rome was a long way from 
Caesarea and Paul had to wait until a boat was ready to sail. While 
he waited in prison, Governor Festus was visited by King Agrippa and 
his wife, Bernice. Festus told King Agrippa of Paul's trial and how 
he had appealed 1 unto Caesar. King Agrippa was curious about 
Paul's unjust treatment and asked if he might listen to Paul's account 
of himself. 

So on the next day King Agrippa and the important men of the 
city came with great pomp and show to hear Paul. Then Agrippa 
said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." 

Paul, bound with chains, told them of his life and how he had 
persecuted those that believed in Jesus; how that the Lord appeared 
to him on his journey to Damascus and that Paul himself was now a 
believer in Jesus because he was convinied that Jesus had 1 risen from 
the dead and was alive forevermore; that Jesus had told Paul that he 
was to be a witness for Him to the Gentiles. After telling how God 
had helped him up to the present time and reasoning to them about 
Jesus, Paul said to King Agrippa, "Do you believe the prophets? I 
know you do." 

Then King Agrippa said to Paul, "Almost thou persuadest me 
to be a Christian." 

Paul replied, "I wish to God that not only you, but also all that 
hear me today, were both almost and altogether like I am, except 
for these bonds." 

What a difference between Paul and King Agrippa. Paul was 
not ashamed of being bound for Jesus. Agrippa would not give up 
his position and pride to be a Christian. Jesus does not want us 
to be ashamed of Him. He wants us to be willing to stand for Him 
regardless of what it takes. 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



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SENTENCE SERMONS 

Calvary is the proof that sin has troubled God: has it troubled you? 

Did you know that it's not what a man has in his wallet, but 
rather in his heart that makes him truly rich? 

If you would succeed, work your tongue little, your hands much, 
your brains most. 

Not all demons or devils come to us as serpents or as roaring 
lions. Some come as angels of light. If one gets in, he will keep the 
heart's door open to let in others. 

It is not what you have that matters, it is what you do with what 
you have. 

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NEWS ITEMS 

ADVICE 

The end of induction and 1-W work for C. O. men does not end 1 
Selective Service System, nor relieve men of the requirement to 
register at age eighteen. Those who are eighteen will continue to 
register. 

— Ray S. Shank, Executive Secretary 

Civilian Service Board, Dunkard Brethren Church 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to thank all the brethren, sisters, and friends for their 
prayers, cards, gifts, calls, and visits during my recent hospitalization 
and recovery at home. It gives me great joy to know that there are 
so many friends and loved ones who remembered me in time of need. 
I certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness. May God richly bless 
each one of you. 

In Christian Love, Sister Grace Blocher 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I wish to thank the brethren, sisters, and friends who remembered 
me in prayer, while in the hospital and convalescing at home; also 
for the many cards, flowers, food, sunshine box, and especially for the 
visits of the brethren and sisters. All were greatly appreciated. 
May God richly bless each one of you. 

KEEP A SMILE ON YOUR LIPS AND 
A PRAYER IN YOUR HEART 
A day that starts without a prayer 
Is like an empty shell, 
And a day that ends without a prayer 



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Cannot be ended well . . . 

For when your heart turns HEAVENWARD 

You find a sweet release 

And you understand the meaning 

Of "His mercies never cease . . ." 

When life brings pain and sorrow 

Which you feel too weak to bear 

There's strength in God's abiding love 

And in the power of prayer . . . 

So never start a day unless 
There's a prayer within your heart 
And never take an action 
Of which prayer is not a part . . . 
Don't make a firm decision 
Until you've prayed about it 
For prayer is like a golden gift — 
You just can't do without it . . . 
And though at times you feel as if 
Your prayer has not been heard, 
Remember — God is listening 
And He hears your every word . . . 
He may not always give the things 
You wished and hoped He would 
But in His love and wisdom 
He does all things for your good. 

— Sister Beulah Marks 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have 
their Communion Services Saturday, May 5, 1973. Services will start 
at 10:30 A.M., with afternoon services at 2:00 P.M., and Lovefeast 
Saturday evening. There will also be services Sunday. 

We invite all to come and enjoy these services with us. 

— Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Lord willing, there will be Communion Services at Hart. 
Michigan May 26-27. 

We invite all who can come to come to these services. 

— Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

SAVAGE RIVER VALLEY, MARYLAND 

The Broadwater Chapel Congregation met for regular council 
meeting March 24, 1973. Elder James Kegerreis opened the service. 
All business was taken care of in a Christian manner. 

The Lord willing, Brother Virgil Leatherman of Littlestown, Penn- 



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sylvania will be with us in a series of revival efforts from June 30 
to July 8, 1973. 

Please take notice, the communion will be July 7 and not on the 
date in February 1 Monitor. 

We crave an interest in your earnest prayers in behalf of these 
meetings that souls will be garnered into the fold. 

All are invited to come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

— Sister Bertha R. Dorsey, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

On March 4, 1973, we had an impressive baptismal service as 
a young sister decided to follow the Spirit's leading and yielded her 
life to the Saviour. May she always walk with Him. 

On March 17 and 18, we enjoyed another Lovefeast service. 
We were happy to have visitors from Colorado, Missouri, and Iowa. 
We do appreciate the ministerial help. 

May we all be more faithful witnesses to our Lord this year than 
in the past, and be ready for His near return. 

— Sister Ethel Witmer 

WINTER HAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winter Haven Congregation held their council March 18, 
1973, with Brother Ora Skiles, our elder in charge. All business was 
taken care of in a Christian manner. On Sunday Brother William 
Bashor was with us too. We had a very good meeting. We are 
always happy to have those who can come to be with us. Pray 
for us as we are few but are trying to do the Master's will. 

— Sister Dora R. Spurgeon 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held June 9-13, 1973, 
at the Maranatha Bible Camp, located 13 miles east of North Platte, 
Nebraska, on the south side of Interstate 80. Coming from the east 
and west, get off at the Maxwell, Nebraska exit, which is Route 56-A 
Spur, then south about 100 yards to Camp sign and west 2 miles to 
the camp grounds. 

Those coming by plane, call the camp grounds when you arrive 
and someone will meet you. Those coming by bus, come to Maxwell, 
Nebraska, which is located 2 miles north of Interstate 80, on Route 
56-A Spur. Call the camp grounds for someone to meet you. There 
is no train service to North Platte. 

There will be ample lodging and facilities. Also all buildings 
are heated. You will need to furnish your own bedding and pillows. 
There will be a limited amount of bedding for those that don't have 
room to bring it with them. 

There will be room for all trailers and campers, but only 12 
complete hook-ups. 



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It will be very important for everyone to register when you arrive 
and when you leave, as the cost to the Church will be approximately 
$5.00 a day per person for meals, lodging, and the use of the grounds. 

The address and phone number of the grounds are: Maranatha 
Bible Camp, Box 549, North Platte, Nebraska 69101. 
Phone 308-582-4512. 

Send your reservations to Brother Martin Meyers, Route 3, Adei, 
Iowa 50003, or Brother Carl E. Reed, 3716 139th St., Grandview, 
Missouri 64030 - Brother Carl E. Reed 

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CONCERNING DAILY DEVOTIONS 

We would like to make a little explanation about the Bible 
readings suggested for use in daily devotions. 

When a topic is chosen, we use the various forms of the word 
together, for example, call, called, callest, calledst, calleth and calling, 
taking them as they appear from Genesis through Revelation. 

In some instances the same thoughts are written in different 
places, such as in the four Gospels. It may be helpful to read the 
different accounts, and they can be easily found with the use of 
a reference Bible. 

In some instances when Jesus called unto Him certain ones, the 
thought of being called may be of little significance, but because 
the purpose of these callings were either for an important work (such 
as the sending out of the disciples) or to teach an important lesson, 
we have included many of them. 

Sometimes when the use of the topic is short, we have included 
surrounding verses to make more reading of God's Word. 

Any suggestions to improve this or any work of the Bible 
Study Board would be gratefully received and humbly considered. 

— Bible Study Board 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY, 1973 

May 6 — Jephthah vows unto the Lord. Judges 1 1 :23-40 

May 13 — Mother's Day — Samson's mother requests of the Lord, 

how to raise her son. Judges 13:1-25 
May 20 — The Spirit of the Lord with Samson. Judges 14:1-20 
May 27 — The Lord provides water by a miracle for Samson. 

Judges 15:1-20 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR MAY, 1973 

CALLED 



Memory Verse, Matt. 1:21 
And she shall bring forth a 
son, and thou shalt call his 
name JESUS: for he shall save 
his people from their sins. 

Tues. 1-Matt. 1:16-25 

Wed. 2-Matt. 2:1-23 

Thurs. 3-Matt. 4:1-25 

Fri. 4-Matt. 5:1-20 

Sat. 5-Matt. 9:1-17 

Memory Verse, Matt. 9:13 
But go ye and learn what that 
meaneth, I will have mercy, 
and not sacrifice: for I am not 
come to call the righteous, but 
sinners to repentance. 

Sun. 6-Matt. 10:1-33 

Mon. 7-Matt. 18:1-35 

Tues. 8-Matt. 19:13-30 

Wed. 9-Matt. 20:1-34 

Thurs. 10-Matt. 21:1-22 

Fri. 1 1-Matt. 22:1-14 

Sat. 12— Matt. 22:15-46 

Memory Verse, Matt. 20:16 
So the last shall be first, and 
the first last: for many be call- 
ed, but few chosen. 

Sun. 1 3-Matt. 23:1-39 

Mon. 1 4-Matt. 25:1-30 

Tues. 1 5-Matt. 27:1-38 

Wed. 16-Mark 3:13-35 

Thurs. 17-Mark 6:1-13 

Fri. 18-Mark 7:1-23 

Sat. 19-Mark 8:27-38 

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Memory Verse, Matt. 21:13 
And said unto them. It is writ- 
ten, My house shall be called 
the house of prayer; but ye 
have made it a den of thieves. 
Sun. 20-Mark 9:30-50 
Mon. 21-Mark 10:35-52 
Tues. 22-Mark 12:28-44 
Wed. 23-Mark 14:53-72 
Thurs. 24— Luke 1:1-38 
Fri. 25-Luke 1 :39-80 
Sat. 26-Luke 2:21-40 

Memory Verse, Matt. 27:22 
Pilate saith unto them, What 
shall I do then with Jesus 
which is called Christ? They 
all say unto him, Let him be 
crucified. 
Sun. 27-Luke 6:27-49 
Mon. 28-Luke 13:10-30 
Tues. 29-Luke 14:7-24 
Wed. 30-Luke 15:11-32 
Thurs. 31-Luke 18:1-30 

Memory Verse, Luke 1 :32 

He shall be great, and shall be 
called the Son of the Highest: 
and the Lord God shall give 
unto him the throne of his 
father David. 

Luke 6:46, And why call ye 
me, Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things which I say? 



... 



I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down 
upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could 
look up into the heavens and say there is no God. — Abraham Lincoln 



W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL LI MAY 1, 1973 NO. 9 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MOTHER 

God made a home, where hearts might turn to rest, 
When all the other homes of earth had failed. 
God made a star, whose light burned steadily, 
When all the other lights drew dim and paled. 

God made a voice that all the breadth of seas, 
The change of seasons, the flight of years, 
Could never silence, never rob of power 
To reach, to bless, to guide, to silence fears. 

God made a love that wrapped our infancy 
And blessed us even when we knew it not — 
A love that knew no barrier, no self, 
A love that never faltered or forgot — 

This was God's gift, immortal, changeless vast, 
Whose name He wrote, because He knew no other 
Name sweeter, on our waking consciousness, 
In golden character, that name was "MOTHER." 

— Selected from The Vindicator 



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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HOME 

It appears the composition of the family as a unit has been 
changing the past several years — and that, not for the better. 

We read that forty per cent of wives are working outside the 
home. Inevitably, this will bring changes in the home. We have 
become confused in our appraisal of the values of life, with emphasis 
on the materialistic rather than the Biblical position concerning 
marriage, mother, and home. 

Most people desire to marry and to have a happy home. But 
entirely too many regard marriage as a convenience, therefore 
regarding it too lightly. Then when difficulties arise they are ready 
to give up and start over with someone else. 

God instituted marriage early, before the fall of man. The Bible 
tells us, "The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and 
breathed into his nostrils the breiath of life; and man became a 
living soul . . . And the Lord God said, It is not good that man 
should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him ... And 
the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: 
and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a 
woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is 
now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 
Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man 
leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and 
they shall be one flesh." Gen. 2:7,18,21-24. 

We see in this Scripture the importance of the marriage bond 
in the sight of God. lit is to be a permanent institution. "Have ye 
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male 
and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and 
mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one 
flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What 
therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," 
Matt. 19:4-6. 

One of God's purposes in marriage is to establish the home. 
After God had created them we read, "God blessed them, and God 
said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply." This was God's way of 
continuing the race in purity. Today, the marriage bond is too 
lightly regarded. It is not held to be sacred as it should be. 

The home is the ideal place for giving moral and religious in- 
struction. Mothers and fathers have a responsibility to teach their 
children. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which 
I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt 
teach them diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt talk of them 
when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, 



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and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up," Deut. 6:5-7. 
Parents have a far greater opportunity to teach the children in the 
home than does the church in five or six hours a week. 

The seriousness of marriage cannot be overestimated'. It has a 
direct bearing on future generations through the children for either 
good or evil. 

J. Edgar Hoover wrote, "More and more children are being 
sacrificed upon the altar of indifference as parents throw aside respon- 
sibility. Selfishness is the keynote of the day and 1 materialism the 
inspiration for living. God in many instances is not accepted in the 
home and concepts of morality have been relegated to the junk heap." 

May the Christian homes of the land be an honor to God and 
an example of the joy that can be ours even in this world. 



God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 

Because I live, ye shall live also. 

Why seek ye the living among the dead? 

Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest 
thou this? 

He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. 
I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for 
evermore. 

Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, 
we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the 
Lord's. 

THE B IBLE MONITOR" MAY~lVl973 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church in the plant of Full Salvation Tract Soc, Inc., 
343 S. George Street, York, Pa., 17403. 

Entered as second class matter at the Post Office, York, Pennsylvania, 
under the Act of March 3, 1897. 

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THE MOTHER OF D. L MOODY 

In all the annals of struggling motherhood it would be impossible 
to find one entailing more hardship than that of D. L. Moody's mother. 
Her husband, Edwin Moody, met with business adverses which he 
was not able to overcome. He took sick, and after an illness of only 
a few hours passed away at the age of forty-one years. Mrs. Moody 
was left with a large family, to which twins were added one month 
later. Nine children, the oldest only fifteen years of age, had to be 
provided for. But Mrs. Moody was left with no means of support, 
and the homestead was encumbered with a mortgage. "Man's in- 
humanity to man" was certainly illustrated at that time. Her creditors 
came and swept everything away, even to the kindling wood in the 
shed. The next morning, cold and blustery, the mother had to tell 
her children to stay in bed till school time because there was nothing 
with which to make a fire. 

However, Mrs. Moody had a simple, brief, but substantial creed 
of three words which sustained her: "Trust in God." That cold, cheer- 
less morning Dwight Moody heard someone chopping wood beside 
the house. It was his Uncle Sam. That night there came to the 
empty woodshed the biggest load he had ever seen in his life. It 
required two yoke of oxen to draw it. 

It seemed at that time that one trial followed fast upon the 
other. Mrs. Moody had a siege of illness, and she looked to her 
oldest boy of fifteen to assist her through this trying experience. 
But he had been reading some frivolous novels which gave him the 
idea that if he went away to some city he would make a fortune. 
So he packed up and went. Friends tried to prevail upon the 
burdened mother to part with her family and to keep the twin.s only. 
They suggested that she should put the other children out among 
different families for keeping. But Mrs. Moody would not entertain 
such a suggestion. She was determined to trust in Him who is the 
Stay of the widow and has promised to be the Father to the fatherless. 
It is quite possible that it was this brave decision that gave to the 
world D. L. Moody, the prince of evangelists. His life might have 
taken an entirely different course if he had not been brought up 
under the influence of this godly mother of whom he said later in 
life: "I owe everything to my mother." 

Despite the poverty of those days, Mother Moody taught her 
young family the privilege of sharing their possessions with others. 
The hungry were never turned away. One evening as the children 
sat down to a very meager meal, a beggar came to the door and 
asked for some food. The mother had the children vote as to 
whether they should help this stranger. They voted to share their 
meal with him, which they did. 

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"Sunday sickness." Church attendance was compulsory. The boys 
carried their shoes and stockings in their hands until they came in 
sight of the church when they put them on. They also took their 
lunch with them, for after the morning services they remained for 
Sunday School, and then completed the day by staying for the 
evening service. D. L. Moody used to complain bitterly about this 
Sunday routine. He felt he worked so hard all week that he shouldn't 
have to listen to sermons on Sunday that he couldn't understand. 
But he found when he later was employed away from home that he 
had formed such a habit of church attendance that he couldn't stay 
away from the house of God on Sunday. He looked back to these 
days of compulsion with gratitude. He often said in later years: 
"Mother, I thank you for making me go to the house of God when I 
didn't want to go!" 

But Sunday did not only mean church and Sunday School. It 
meant home fellowship as well. The poverty of those days meant 
that the children worked in various homes and farms in the neighbor- 
hood. Thus mother and children were parted through the week. 
But they all came home for Sunday, and in that way the faithful 
mother maintained the home life and religious training of her family. 
It was the most important day of the week when home and church 
were impressed upon the minds and hearts of the children. 

While the family was at home, leaving for work each morning 
and returning each evening, Mrs. Moody always conducted family 
worship before they parted. From their library of three books, a 
large family Bible, a catechism, and a book of devotions, the mother 
chose the latter to take a daily portion from; after which a prayer 
was offered for the family. Upon D. L. Moody that family altar left 
a wholesome impression, which grew deeper and sweeter as the 
days went by. Home was a sacred place. The evangelist could 
not speak of those early days without referring most tenderly and 
affectionately to that noble mother whose self-sacrifice and devotion 
had effectually guarded the home entrusted to her care by God. 

The older boy who had left home was the cause of the saddest 
note in the struggling yet triumphant household. The mother longed 
after her wandering boy, and every night she could be hard praying 
for him. Each day she eagerly looked for tidings from her boy. 
Frequently the others would be sent to the post office to see if 
any letter had come from him; but each time they returned with the 
depressing words, "No letter." Thanksgiving day in New England is 
family day, when all the children gather home. On that day she set 
a chair for him, always hoping he would return home. Finally the 
wanderer did return. Mrs. Moody was sitting at the door one day 
when a stranger approached, and then hesitated before coming up 
to her. Mrs. Moody did not know her boy. He stood there with 
arms folded, and a great beard flowing down his breast. Tears 
began to trickle down his face. "Oh, it is my lost boy!" she cried 



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and entreated him to come in. "No, Mother," he said, I will not 
come in until I hear you have forgiven me." She rushed to the 
threshold, threw her arms around him, and breathed forgiveness 

At the summer school in Northfield on one occasion Mr. Moody 
remarked to a little group of students that the best thing in the world 
for a man to have is a good mother and a good wife Almost 
every visitor to Northfield in those days used to make a pilgrimage 
to the Moody home and pay their respects to Mother Moody. When 
she was quite old, a paper said this of her: "Though in her eighty- 
second year, her activity, mental and physical, is hardly aba ted - 
She does most of her own housework, and cannot be persuaded to 
relinquish her daily tasks. 'If I give up my work' she says, I might 
as well lie down and die.' At the celebration of her eightieth birth- 
day, loving friends conspicuously arranged the motto: Her children 
arise up, and call her blessed.'" 

Mrs Moody's eightieth birthday was a great event in the quiet 
hamlet of Northfield on the Connecticut. The citizens vied with each 
other in bringing their simple tributes of love to the beloved and 
revered mother. Picture her as she sits in her armchair receiving her 
visitors, with the snows of age upon her head, and the photographs 
of her relatives and many friends placed here and there around her 
room It was not only those who had been neighborly and kind to 
the widow and her children who rejoiced with Mrs. Moody and her 
famous son on that great occasion, but invitations had been sent by 
the evangelist to a host of other friends in different parts of the 
land to be present on her eightieth birthday. 

The day was beautiful, and a general holiday was given both to 
the Mount Herrnon boys and the Northfield students. They sang for 
the aged mother songs of gladness and rejoicing. Letters and tele- 
grams from all over the nation showed the interest felt by thousands 
in this delightful celebration. Many were the lovely gifts Mrs. Moody 
received; and most tender were the speeches she listened to. In 
one room were the simple articles used by the family in their days of 
struggle and privation. But on a pine center table was the old Bible 
which spoke eloquently of the mother's faith which had seen her 
family through the stormy days of their poverty and which had now 
by God's goodness brought them into this place of abundance and 
of great esteem. At the age of ninety she came to the end of her 
life's voyaqe, and entered the haven of rest. 

— G. H. Clement 



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When men speak ill of thee, so live that nobody will believe them. 
The world's reformers look to the crowd. The believers look to 
the cloud. 



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SWEETER BY CRUSHING 

One evening while standing in the garden among the flowers, 
admiring the beauty of several large shrubs which bore clusters of 
reddish bloom, a friend remarked, "They are beautiful, but their 
fragrance is their great charm. When you smell them on the bush, 
they do not seem to have any particular odor, but when crushed 1 they 
give forth a delightful aroma." 

Testing a few buds this was found to be true. 

We thought how God sometimes seeks to sweeten certain souls 
by a crushing process, as it were. It may be sickness, disappointment, 
failure of self-made plans, loss of friends, even death itself. But 
out of the crushing ordeal a marvelous sweetening of spirit can result, 
if the sufferer's faith fail not and he understands that God's hand 
is in it all. 

The rainbow is beautiful. But it is made only by mingled 
raindrops and sunlight. Some of the most beautiful lives are 
nurtured by tears mixed with joy, falling tears of sorrow mingled 
with the light of God's love. 

Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for 
good to them that love God . . ." 

— As given to me by a friend, 
— Sister Grace E. Reed, R. 1, Myerstown, Pa. 17067 



GOD MAKES THINGS GREAT 

Where God is, great things can be expected. When God was 
with Israel she was a great nation. When God came down to the 
early church she was a great church. When God was with the 
patriarchs and with the leaders of the early church great things were 
done. 

The story is told that a certain French statesman came here to 
America years ago for the purpose of finding out why this country 
was so great. Finally, he came to the conclusion that America is 
great because she is good. But if America ever ceases to be good 
she will cease to be great. 

Surely America has lost much of her goodness and consequently 
has lost much of her greatness. 

According to tradition our form of rule has been majority rule, 
but now it has swung to minority rule. One famous illustration of 
this is when a single woman influenced the Supreme Court of this 
nation to take a disparaging stand against the Bible and prayer in 
our public schools. Almost forty years ago one of our Presidents 



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persuaded our congress to grant official recognition to anti-God 
Communistic Russia. And not a single President has tried to change 
the Supreme Court decision on the Bible or to change our official 
recognition of Russia. So we see that this nation has officially and 
politically cast God and the Bible aside. 

When the United Nations was formed in San Francisco, after the 
close of the second World War, it was settled from the very start 
that the name of Christ should have no place in that assembly. 
And it remains that way to this very day. 

A few years ago the editor was in the U N Building in New York 
City and the only sign of religion that I saw there was the hideous 
black image of the heathen Greek God Zeus. The Greek record of 
the doings of that god is the height of immorality. Natural man 
accepts wicked gods because his own nature is wicked. 

Jesus taught His disciples that when they prayed it must always 
be in His name. No other kind of prayer will be answered. So 
we can see the futility in the prayers of many who pray with dis- 
belief in their hearts to Jesus Christ. Anybody or everybody can 
go through the process of prayer. But every prayer will not be 
answered. Heathenism is loaded down with prayers but they avail 
nothing. I am remembering right now an old heathen woman I saw 
in a heathen country who was praying to her way, the sad face had 
not changed, and evidently the heart was just as heavy as before she 
had prayed. Was she in earnest? Indeed she was! But earnestness 
does not imply that her prayers are heard or answered. 

The Supreme Court of the state of New York passed a rule 
prohibiting the singing in the public schools of that state the last verse 
of the song "America" that starts out, "Our Father's God to Thee, 
Author of liberty. . ." This was done because of the name God 
being in it. Communistic influences are very strong - especially in 
the realms of the ruling power of our nation. 

This land has been called "The Land of the Free, and the Home 
of the Brave." Which has for many years been a very appropriate 
name. But she is now going through terrible onsloughts of Satan 
in every realm that is calculated to destroy such a name of description. 

Our only hope is the call to repentance. That was the theme of 
John the Baptist's message in the beginning of this age. It was also 
the message of Jesus, and is still the hope of the nation today. 

Jesus is our only hope if we are to have peace of heart as 
individuals or peace in our nation. 

- Selected from The Christian Pilgrims Voice 

We are not ready to live until we are prepared to die. 
Without divine assistance, we cannot succeed; with it, we cannot fail. 

— Lincoln 



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WAYWARD FEET 

As we look around us, we are made to wonder why people are 
so restless, why they are always looking, always seeking, and never 
able to find what they are looking for. 

I think of Jesus at the well saying, "Whosoever drinketh of this 
water shall thrist again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that 
., I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give 

\ him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting 

life," John 4:13,14. Is it because we lack this living water? If 
we have the living water we do not need to seek any farther, we 
are satisfied with what we have found: We are content to feast on 
the living water. 

I believe when we have found Christ, we should stay in a 
Bible believeing church. It's a good thing to have the heart 
established. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my 
path," Psa. 119:105. 

"The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the 
commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes," Psa. 19:8. 
Christ is our Shepherd. He wants us to hear His voice when He 
calls us, to prevent us from falling into temptation. He knows us 
by name; we are His sheep. We find peace and freedom when we 
submit ourselves to the care and keeping of the Master. "My sheep 
hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me," John 10:27. 
Those who love Christ are in intimate communion with Him and 
hear His voice and follow Him, certain of reaching the heavenly 
fold prepared for them. 

God's Word teaches us not to follow every wind of doctrine. It 
is good to have the heart established and we are to be steadfast in 
our belief and hold fast that no man steal our crown. 

"Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, 
which is the word of God," Eph. 6:17. When our Lord was tempted 
in the wilderness, He met those three temptations by quoting the 
Word of God. Not all of us can do great and notable things for the 
Kingdom, however, what we can do we must. Not all are qualified 
to serve in positions of leadership. We are to use what talent we 
have. The church needs not only material support but spiritual as 
well. To have a church we must contribute our time and talents 
and our money. How long would our supermarkets or any other 
business enterprise operate if they didn't make money? In order 
to run any business we must have money to run it successfully or 
the doors would soon close. Likewise, we need money to operate 
and spread the Gospel. Many times we have come short of the 
fellowship of Christian love. Jesus said, "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another," John 13:35. 

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living begins there to be filled with the peace of God. A home needs 
to be centered on Christ, the light of the world. We discover real 
happiness when we decide that I and my house will worship the 
Lord. Watch a man build a house or a woman make a dress, as 
they work they rely on the blueprint or pattern to make sure it is 
as it should be. We are building lives, our own and the ones who 
live with us. There is no better inheritance than that found in the 
Christian home where the parents daily bless the home with their 
kindness, charity, piety, and love. 

"He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken 
down the middle wall of partition between us," Eph. 2:14. The 
Bible produces peace between God and man, all those who believe 
in Christ have the same Shepherd' and are of His fold. 

"Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ," Rom. 5:1. When I enter a Christian home I 
expect to find three things: order, cleanliness, and peace. In the 
New Testament, peace means reconciliation with God through Christ. 
He brings us into the peace of God's presence and our hearts find 
rest. 

The peace which Jesus gives depends not on outward circum- 
stances. It comes from a dependence on God as our strength and 
stay, knowing that whatever happens He will see us through. To 
know the will of God is not enough! We must be ready to submit 
to it. To admit that the Supreme Authority resides in the Bible is 
not enough. We must have the will to abide by it. "Come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not 
the unclean things: and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto 
you .. ." II Cor. 6:17,18. 

John Bunyan tells us in Pilgrim's Progress that Christian and 
Faithful, while on their way to the Celestial City, had to pass through 
Vanity Fair. Because they were different, they met opposition. At 
first amused but later angry, they saw nothing they wished to buy 
of Vanity Fair. When asked what they wanted to buy, they 
answered, "We buy the truth." 

Separation from the world means laying aside weights as well 
as avoiding sins. Our lives — yes, yours and mine are being molded 
every day, either by the world or by God. The lure of the world 
no longer has sway over us when we ask God to mold our lives. 
Certainly, we require quiet times for prayer and meditation. Knowing 
the value of the Spirit, let us strive to maintain His presence in our 
lives. We are warned to "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye 
like men, be strong," I Cor. 16:13. 

Are we satisfied or steadfast when we run from church to church 
hearing all kinds of doctrine? First we go to the church down the 
street and next week we go across town. I firmly believe it's good 
to have the heart established and to be loyal and faithful to the 
church which holds our membership. We are to be "fellow labourers" 



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whose names are in the book of life. See Phil. 4:3. 

Many people go down because of discouragement and not because 
the load was too heavy to bear. How many fall because we have 
forgotten they are our brothers? And we are all children of the 
same Heavenly Father. 

Our religious experiences most be kept alive and vital. To make 
it valuable we need daily contract with the Spirit of God. Our faith 
in God sustains us in times of adversity, warms our hearts as we 
worship, and strengthens our characters against the sins of the world. 
Let us ask God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that He may be 
for us light, comfort, and power. We need this power in preparation 
for the advent of the glorious kingdom of God. 

- Sister Viola Broadwater, 12 Macy Dr., LaVale, MD 21502 

THROUGH THE WEST WINDOW 

What are we to do when social pressure, the trend of our times, 
or even the law of the land, brings us into open conflict with some 
point of religious conviction or conscience? Here is a study of a man 
who becomes the object of contempt because "an excellent spirit was 
in him," Daniel 6:3. Surrounding society has always seemed to 
gravitate toward mediocrity or lower. But we remember and extol 
the individual who dares to live a little higher than the common 
denominator of his time with its fashions, fads, and current coinage 
of conformity. It is strange but true how human nature finds it so 
hard to sympathize with its peers and superiors. It seems easy to 
sympathize in sorrow but it is difficult to sympathize with success. 
It is an old story, yet as modern as plastic, how vice-presidents 
number two and three, seek to find occasion against vice-president 
number one. Daniel 6:4, "Then the presidents and princes sought 
to find occasion against Daniel concerning the Kingdom; but they 
could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, 
neither was there any error or fault found in him." 

"All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the 
princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together 
to establish a royal statue, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever 
shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, 
O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions," Daniel 6:7. The 
whole government finally sets itself in conflict with the simple 
conviction of this alien — this prisoner of war. If you were Daniel, 
what would you do? "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was 
signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in 
his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times 
a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did afore- 



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time," Daniel 6:10. (We have a place to pray but can't seem to 
get there.) 

Daniel looked to his Lord through his west windows while his 
society looked to their laws of the East (Medes and Persians). Let 
us be like Daniel. He had a certain place; a regular time; a definite 
manner of prayer. He let nothing interfere, and 1 he found occasion 
for thanks while others were finding occasion for faults. Fear of 
reprisal did not keep him from praying, "as he did aforetime." 

Do you have a window open? 

— Selected from the Wesleyan Advocate 

••••••• 

DOING THE LORD'S WORK: 
SOMEBODY, EVERYBODY, ANYBODY, NOBODY? 

Joe Somebody, Jim Everybody, Paul Anybody, and John Nobody 
were neighbors and all four belonged to the same church. T he way 
they lived was a real shame! Everybody went fishing on Sundays. 
Anybody wanted to worship but he was afraid Somebody wouldn't 
speak to him, so Nobody went to church. 

Really, Nobody was the only decent one of the four. Nobody 
did the visitation. Nobody worked on the church building when it 
needed it. They needed a Sunday School teacher and Everybody 
thought Anybody would do it. Somebody thought that Everybody 
should do it. That's right — Nobody did it. 

It happened that a new neighbor who lived among them was 
an unbeliever. Everybody felt that Somebody should try to win him 
to Christ. Anybody should have at least tried. Guess who did 
finally win him. Right again, for again it was Nobody. Shame 
on Somebody or Anybody or Everybody in leaving it for Nobody 
to do it all. That Somebody could have been you instead of 
Nobody! Doesn't Anybody really care or have an interest in Some- 
body who is lost in darkness? Think about it. 

— Brother Leonard Wertz 



In Him we live and move and have our being. 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself 
for me. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

PAUL, A PREACHER AT ROME 

The Apostle Paul, having been shipwrecked and coming through 
storms and perils of the sea, finally arrived in Italy. This was nearly 
2000 miles from Jerusalem. At the seaport of Puteoli they found 
Christian brethren and stayed with them seven days, then went on 
their way toward Rome. Other Christians heard' of Paul and came to 
meet him as far as fifty miles from Rome. For this Paul was thank- 
ful to God and took courage. He had been away from Christian 
friends for about six months. It had been two years since God 
had first told Paul that he must witness for Him in Rome. Rome 
was the capital of the Roman Empire which at one time included 
the whole civilized world. Its population when Paul was there was 
a million and a half people. Here was where God wanted Paul to 
preach about Jesus. 

Arriving in Rome, Paul was delivered to a captain who kept the 
prisoners. Paul was allowed to live by himself with a soldier who 
kept him. This probably means that he was kept chained to a soldier 
because that was the way prisoners were treated at that time 
After three days in Rome, Paul called together the Jews that lived 
there and told them of his unjust arrest and how he had been a 
prisoner because he had preached of Jesus, who was the hope of 
their nation. After Paul told them about Jesus, some believed him 
and some didn't. When they couldn't agree among themselves they 
departed from Paul. It was hard for the Jews to accept Jesus as 
their Messiah because the leaders in Jerusalem had sent men to every 
nation, warning the Jews that lived away from Palestine not to 
believe in Jesus. 

Paul lived for two years in his own rented house and preached 
to all that came to him. He was a great man for God at Rome. 
His influence even went into the palace. There were some of Caesar's 
household that were converted to the faith of Jesus. It was in 
Rome that Paul wrote the epistles or letters to the Ephesians, 
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and possibly Hebrews. 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto CA. 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAUSEON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Lovefeast services at the West Fulton Con- 
gregation will be on May 19. There will be services all day on 
Saturday. Come and enjoy these services with us. 

— Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 



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THANKS 

I want to thank everyone for their kindness, cards and visits, 
especially the prayers in behalf of my affliction. May the Lord bless 
each one. 

— Sister Ellen Keeney 
NOTE OF THANKS 
We wish to express our appreciation for the cards and gifts on 
our fiftieth wedding anniversary, March 2, 1973. We pray the Lord's 
blessing upon all of you. 

— Brother and Sister Robert Bittinger 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held June 9-13, 1973, 
at the Maranatha Bible Camp, located 13 miles east of North Platte, 
Nebraska, on the south side of Interstate 80. Coming from the east 
and west, get off at the Maxwell, Nebraska exit, which is Route 56-A 
Spur, then south about 100 yards to Camp sign and west 2 miles to 
the camp grounds. 

Those coming by plane, call the camp grounds when you arrive 
and someone will meet you. Those coming by bus, come to Maxwell, 
Nebraska, which is located 2 miles north of Interstate 80, on Route 
56-A Spur. Call the camp grounds for someone to meet you. There 
is no train service to North Platte. 

There will be ample lodging and facilities. Also all buildings 
are heated. You will need to furnish your own bedding and pillows. 
There will be a limited amount of bedding for those that don't have 
room to bring it with them. 

There will be room for all trailers and campers, but only 12 
complete hook-ups. 

It will be very important for everyone to register when you arrive 
and when you leave, as the cost to the Church will be approximately 
$5.00 a day per person for meals, lodging, and the use of the grounds. 

The address and phone number of the grounds are: Maranatha 
Bible Camp, Box 549, North Platte, Nebraska 69101. 
Phone 308-582-4512. 

Send your reservations to Brother Martin Meyers, Route 3, Adel, 
Iowa 50003, or Brother Carl E. Reed, 4716 139th St., Grandview, 
Missouri 64030. - Brother Carl E. Reed 

CONFERENCE CORRECTION 

Carl Reed's address for Conference Reservations was printed 
incorrectly in the April 15th issue. It should read: Brother Carl 
E. Reed, 4716 139th St., Grandview, Missouri 64030. 

— The Printer 



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MARRIAGE 
SHAFFER - STITELY 

Sister Linda Shaffer, daughter of Elder and Sister Frank Shaffer 
of Green castle, R. 4, Pennsylvania, and Brother Ronald Stitely, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stitely of Park Street, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, 
were united in marriage on Saturday, May 27, 1972, by Elder Frank 
Shaffer. They are making their home at Route 4, Greencastle, Pa. 

OBITUARY 
THELMA E. KINTZEL 

Daughter of the late Clayton and Fannie Minnich Reber was born 
at Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1926, and departed this 
life at the Dauphin County Hospital, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 
March 8, 1973, at 1 1 :25 A. M., age 46 years, 4 months, and 8 days. 

On February 7, 1954, she was united in marriage to John Kintzel, 
by Elder S. G. Meyer. 

She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in August, 1936, by 
baptism and became a member of the Church of the Brethren. In 
June, 1964, she united with the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

She was afflicted with cancer and suffered approximately three 
years. She has proven her faith in Almighty God by receiving the 
anointing service five times during her illness. Those services gave 
her much hope, strength, and comfort. 

She is survived by her husband, Brother John; one son, John; one 
daughter, Helen; her mother, Mrs. Fannie Reber; a foster mother, 
Mrs. Helen P. Reber; two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Lied, Reading, and 
Mrs. Shirley Yoder, Mohrsville: two brothers, Clarence, and Lee Reber, 
both of Mohrsville; also her father- in law, John F. Kintzel; a number 
of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. One son, Howard, 
preceded her in death in June, 1960. 

Funeral services were held Monday, March 12, at the Schuylkill 
Church of the Brethren, by Elder David Ebling, Elder James Kegerreis, 
and Pastor Ammon Merkey of the Church of the Brethren. Internment 
was at the Schuylkill Church of the Brethren Cemetery to await the 
resurrection of the just. 

Mama has stepped out of the dust into everlasting day. We 
have com© to a new awareness in life as we want to meet her some 
dav. If she could speak to us today, perhaps we would be surprised 
what she could tell us. While she lived she has proven her faith in 
God by repeatedly asking for the anointing service. We desire to 
see the grace of God manifested in our future life, Acts 1 1 :22-24. 

— John H. Kintzel and Family 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. !, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 
R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 
R. 3, Box 49 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 

William Carpenter 
209 Church Street 
Blissfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 1 88 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



W, S, Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI MAY 15, 1973 NO. 10 



'For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



RECEIVING FROM THE WORLD HIS OWN 

It may be at morn, when the day is awaking, 
When sunlight thro' darkness and shadow is breaking, 
That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory 
To receive from the world "His own." 

It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, 
It may be perchance, that the blackness of midnight 
Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory, 
When Jesus receives "His own." 

While its hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven descending, 
With glorified saints and the angels attending, 
With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory, 
Will Jesus receive "His own." 

Oh, joy! Oh, delight! should we go without dying, 
No sickness, no sadness, no dread, and no crying; 
Caught up in the clouds, with our Lord into glory, 
When Jesus receives "His own." 

— Selected 



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BEWARE 

On one occasion Jesus said unto His disciples, "Take heed and 
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Saducees," Matt. 
16:6. In this instance the disciples reasoned it was because they 
had brought no bread. Jesus reminded them of the five loaves of 
the five thousand and the seven loaves of the four thousand and the 
abundance which was left. He could have easily provided their 
food, but He wanted them to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees 
and Sadducees. 

All have observed signs stating we are to beware, indicating 
that danger possibly lies ahead and we must be cautious. 

First, we want to consider some things we are to beware of in 
our relationship to God. "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to 
keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have 
prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for 
he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him," 
Ex. 23:20,21. We must beware of failing to obey the Lord. 

Such was true of Saul who was sent to destroy the Amalekites, but 
he spared Agag the king and the best of the spoils. The prophet 
Samuel was sent to reprove Saul for his disobedience. Samuel said, 
"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and 1 to harken than the 
fat of rams," I Sam. 15:22. When we obey, God's holy name is 
honored. 

We .should beware that we do not forget the Lord. It is easy 
for us to remember the Lord, to seek His help when we are in 
difficulty. The children of Israel remembered God when in trouble 
and He brought them out of bondage. We, too, should beware that 
we do not forget God has delivered us from the bondage of sin. 

There are a number of things which can cause us to forget God, 
one of which we should especially beware. That is prosperity. While 
we may think we are not particularly prosperous, yet we have com- 
fortable homes, food and clothing, even things many would regard 
as luxuries. In the midst of such blessings we should beware our 
heart isn't lifted up and we forget the Lord. Could we say with 
Job, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the 
name of the Lord"? Job 1:21. 

We should also beware in our relationships with others. We 
live in a day of apostasy. Many are the doctrines propounded. Many 
are the versions of God's Word — all to the proclaimed purpose of 
making the Word more easily understood. This sounds fine, but 
notice how much of the Word is left out or changed 1 . Now there is 
a Bible that is supposed to be acceptable to all three faiths. Jesus 
said, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, 
but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by 
their fruits." Paul wrote, "Beware lest any man spoil you through 
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the 



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rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Col. 2:8. 

Each of us should beware of our own life that we do not lose 
faith in the promises in God's Word. Sometime the Lord is coming 
and it is in our interest to watch. I'm sure none would 1 want to 
be excluded from the Heavenly home. "Wherefore, beloved, seeing 
that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of 
him in peace, without spot, and blameless," II Peter 3:14. 

Let us beware that we are not drawn from a steadfast and holy 
life through the wickedness of the world about us. "Ye therefore, 
beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, 
being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own 
steadfastness," II Peter 3:17. 

SOUTH FULTON 

STORMY CLOUDS AND RAINBOWS 

Sermon by Brother Paul Blocher 

In Genesis 7:1-24, we have the account of and the reason for the 
flood. God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, 
and it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth. And 
He said He would destroy everything that had the breath of life, 
but Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord. Because of Noah's 
righteousness, he and his house were spared from destruction. 

After the flood, we might think that Noah's descendents and the 
increasing populace would have feared when it rained lest there might 
be another flood, but they had had the promise and the sign of the 
rainbow in the heavens. 

God's people can look at the rainbow and know that God's 
promise remains for us today, that He will not destroy the earth 



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again by flood. Genesis 9:11-13, "And I will establish my covenant 
with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of 
a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between 
me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual 
generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token 
of a covenant between me and the earth." This does not mean God 
will pass over sin and not chastise men. 

Look at the spiritual side - adversities are likened to stormy 
clouds. We realize trials and troubles come to everyone, and none 
are exempt. But God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. 

We think of the patriarchs and the holy promises that encouraged 
them. God told Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear a son and 
that He would establish His covenant with him and his seed after him. 
By his great faith, Abraham offered his son of promise as a living 
sacrifice. God saw that Abraham feared Him and would not with- 
hold from Him his only son whom he loved - the son through whom 
many nations were to be blessed. Instead, God provided a ram for 
a burnt-offering. Abraham had faith that God could raise his son 
from the dead and it gave him courage to offer his son. Abraham 
had courage because he remembered God's covenant of the rainbow. 

Job endured many afflictions. His sons, servants, oxen, sheep, 
and camels were all destroyed. Yet he fell down and worshipped God 
saying, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be 
the name of the Lord." Through his great trial he kept his confidence 
in God that a better day would come. 

We think of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They trans- 
gressed and were driven out to prevent a greater sin, that of eating 
of the tree of life. Man must now endure the weeds, the toil and 
sweat, and sorrow. We look back and see what a dark and sad day 
for humanity when God drove them out of the garden. How good 
the earth could have been! Now all is distress. But even in that 
dark day when God punished Adam and Eve He gave a promise. 
Christ's birth was promised — a rainbow of hope. 

Luke 22:31,32, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to 
have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for 
thee, that thy faith fail not . . ." There was a trial for Peter - a stormy 
cloud. He thought he was strong, but he fell. Satan tries to cause 
everyone to fail. We sometimes find ourselves in like circumstances 
- to stand or fall in a time of testing. "I have prayed for thee." 
Did the prayer of the Master fail? No, He prayed that Peter's faith 
fail not. This didn't mean the trial wouldn't come to Peter. Peter's 
flesh failed, but his faith was stronger after he had fallen and repent- 
ed, just as the Master said it would. We are not allowed to be 
tempted above what we are able to bear. 

In John 17:9, we have the great High Priestly prayer of Christ 
for us. "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them 



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which thou hast given me; for they are thine." Christ also prayed 
for those who would believe on Him through the apostles' word, John 
17:20. This should mean much to us - a rainbow of hope — to 
know One so great would pray for us. We have assurance that God 
hears our prayers as He heard the prayer of Jesus. 

Psalm 34:19, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous.- but the 
Lord delivered him out of them all." Why do afflictions come to 
the righteous? Why do good people suffer? Why not afflictions 
just to the wicked? 

There is one reason. If we have afflictions it causes us to be 
humble, to depend on God the Father and the Holy Spirit. It causes 
us to acknowledge we cannot solve our problems alone. If all went 
well we would become attached to the world and lose our desire 
for a Heavenly home. We, as Christians, look for a city whose 
Builder and Maker is God. We depend on the prayers of Jesus who 
pleads our cause. 

The purpose of our fiery trials is the strengthening of our faith. 
Our afflictions are our stormy clouds; our deliverance out of them 
is our rainbow. 

Do we take trials as directions from the Father to guide our lives? 
Isaiah 43:2, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with 
thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou 
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the 
flame kindle upon thee." Stormy clouds need not overwhelm us. 
We need not know defeat. In the world we have tribulations - 
stormy clouds opposing and pressing against us. Our rainbow - 
Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." We are thankful for 
the way the Master overcame in the wilderness. He was strong and 
set an example for us. He knows temptations; He knows how to 
sustain us. 

Paul's agony of the thorn in his flesh was his stormy cloud that 
hindered him very much. Whatever this affliction may have been, 
Paul telt he could serve the Master better if it were removed, but 
God ^thought otherwise. He told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for 
thee. Paul s rainbow was courage and patience. 

In the account of Saul in Acts 9, he was persecuting the saints 
when he was struck blind for three days. He was told to go to the 
city and learn what he must do. God told Ananias to enquire for 
Saul of Tarsus. But Ananias felt a fear because Saul had been a cloud 
ot evil to him, and havoc to the saints at Jerusalem. God's promise 
to Ananias, "Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me . For 
I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's 
sake, Acts 9:15,16. This lifted the burden from Ananias and he 
went to Saul He prayed for Saul and his sight was immediately 
restored and he was baptized. Saul, who is also called Paul, then 
suffered many things for Jesus, one of which was being in a storm 
so terrible that all hope of being saved was taken away. The Lord's 



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angel encouraged Paul that no life would be lost. Surely a rainbow 
of hope to Paul. 

Death is all about us. Each of us face it. As soon as we enter 
the world death is before us. None have the promise of life, not 
even newborn babes. We are told to prepare to meet the Reaper. 
We must repent and be baptized to belong to Christ. 

A child was born to King David but he was taken away. David 
wept and fasted, but the Lord passed judgment, ". . . the child also 
that is born unto thee shall surely die," II Sam. 12:14. David con- 
fessed his sin, but the child died. While the child was yet alive, 
David fasted and wept, thinking God would be gracious to him and 
heal his son, but after his death David said, "I shall go to him, but 
he shall not return to me." 

A child, a babe, commits no sin, but if we commit our life to 
God we can go to them. "Weeping may endure for a night, but 
joy cometh in the morning," Psalm 30:5. Eighty years is only a night. 
Our life might be short and full of sorrow, but joy cometh to the 
godly after death. If our days are spent in sorrow because of things 
that come to us, it is meant to keep our faith strong and to keep 
us from getting attached to the world. 

May the thought of the rainbow be an encouragement to us. May 
we realize there are many rainbows in God's Word. 

- Sister Elta K. Blythe, 822 W. Calhoun, Macomb, Illinois 61455 

SELF-DENIAL 

A Meditation 

"What is self but a gift from Christ? Shall He that made me 
have no right in me? Shall it be hard to give myself up to Him? 
When He asks me to forgo this pleasure, that ambition, some cherished 
plan of mine, shall I not know that it is only to put in place of it 
something for better? Shall I not trust Him that made me? Whom 
could I trust, if not my Maker? Oh, the petty yieldings that I call 
self-denials, and make my boast of them as if I deserved any credit! 
Where is my manliness? What gratitude have I? Let me henceforth 
know that there is only one safety in the world, and that is Christ's 
will; only one place of delight, His will; only one ambition. His 
approval; only one thing worthwhile at whatever cost — nay, though 
it cost all things else — to do Christ's will." 
What is Self-Denial? 

It is to say "No" to self and its carnal desires. "But put ye on 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flest, to fulfil 
the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14). That is self-denial, when we make 
no provision for the flesh. If we live after the flesh, we shall die 
(Romans 8:13). As long as we are content to go on fulfilling the 
lusts of the flesh, we are dying. But the privilege is ours to lay 



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them aside and live. 
The True Sacrifice 

Paul beseeches us by the mercies of God that we present our 
bodies a living sacrifice. How do we do this? By denying ourselves. 
The complete denial of our carnal nature is the sacrifice that God 
expects. Anything short of this is not a true sacrifice. As long as 
there are any shreds of self-life around, we are not really dead to 
the old man. 

This sacrifice needs to be offered daily. Paul said, "I die daily." 
Each day we need to die to self. The reason we need to die daily 
is because the old nature is continually seeking to usurp the throne 
in our lives. If once slaying him would finish him so that he would 
not bother us anymore, we would have calm sailing the rest of our 
lives, without a temptation to bother us. But this is not the way 
of it. Therefore we need to die daily to our old man, denying him 
any rights whatsoever. 

In order to be a true sacrifice, there must be a forsaking of every- 
thing we hold dear. What is the dearest thing to us? Is it not our 
very own selves? Anything that comes between us and God is an 
idol and needs to be put away. Next to self, the thing we hold dear 
is our next of kin. These, too, must take second place in our 
affections. Jesus said, "If any man come to me, and hate not his 
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, 
yea, and his own life also he cannot be my disciple . . . Whosoever 
he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath he cannot be my 
disciple" (Luke 14:26,33). The word hate here means "love them 
less." Christ must come first; then father, mother, wife, and children. 
What Self-Denial Costs 

Self-denial is not cheap. It is an expensive sacrifice, and costs 
everything, as we have just read. Paul's testimony was, "But what 
things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, 
and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge 
of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all 
things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians 
3:7,8). Paul counted all things loss for Christ. 

What did self-denial cost Jesus? In II Corinthians 8:9 we read, 
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was 
rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty 
might be rich." There is no greater example of self-denial than that. 
There was not the least bit of selfishness in our Lord. Was there 
ever a richer person? He is heir of all things, yet He was willing 
to lay aside His glory for a time so that we might be rich. 

After David had sinned in numbering the people, he wanted to 
buy Araunah's threshing floor for the purpose of building an altar 
unto the Lord. Araunah would have given the king the threshing 
floor without cost, but David said, "Nay; but I will surely buy it of 
thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my 



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God of that which doth cost me nothing." David would not offer 
to the Lord that which cost him nothing. When it cost our Lord so 
much to gain our salvation, why should we not give our all for Him? 
"Those who seek to be at ease in Zion and to please themselves, 
seeking that which costs them nothing, do not know what true 
religion is." 
What Self-Denial Proves 

A. That we belong to Christ. "And they that are Christ's have 
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Galatians 5:24). 

B. That we fear God. Abraham denied himself in the case of 
offering up his son, Isaac. As a father, I think of all the thoughts that 
could have been going through his mind as he bound his precious 
son to that altar. But Abraham was willing to deny his own desires 
in this matter in obedience to God's command. Then it was, as he 
raised the knife to slay his son that an angel spoke and said, "Lay 
not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: 
for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld 
thy son, thine only son from me." When we are willing to deny 
self as Abraham was, we prove that we fear God above all else. 

C. That we are controlled by the Holy Spirit. "He that hath 
no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and 
without walls" (Proverbs 25:28). Not living victoriously opens the 
doors for all sorts of things to enter. If we have ourselves in sub- 
jection and are not slaves to our own desires, we prove that the 
Holy Spirit is in control of our lives. 

D. What is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. 
Having presented our bodies as living sacrifices, we prove to others 
what is the perfect will of God. The world needs this message. 
What Self-Denial Gains 

"Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have for- 
saken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And 
Jesus said unto them, . . . every one that hath forsaken houses, or 
brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, 
for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit 
everlasting life (Matthew 19:27-29). Many of us have found this 
promise to be true. As we were willing to leave family and friends 
for the sake of the Gospel, we have gained spiritual fathers and 
mothers, brothers and sisters, whose fellowship means much more 
than what we left behind. The reward for self-denial are realized 
already in this life, and also in the life to come. 
Purposes for Self-Denial 

A. That we might have eternal life. "And he said to them all, 
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his 
cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall 
lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall 
save it" (Luke 9:23,24). 



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B. That we might enjoy Christian liberty. The self-denied life 
is not a life lacking in peace. True liberty is in obedience to law. 

C. That we might not be stumbling blocks. Certain things 
that we might consider right for us need to be denied for the sake 
of others. "Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will 
eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to 
offend" (I Corinthians 8:13). We ought to realize that we are not 
living to ourselves alone. In those things that we would consider 
all right for us but which would offend others, we need to practice 
self-denial. 

D. That we might not be castaways. "But I keep under my 
body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I 
have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (I Corinthians 
9:27). What do we think of when we think of a castaway? I think 
of a boat without any moorings, drifting upon the sea. Our bodies 
must be kept under subjection so that, after we have preached to 
others, we do not find ourselves to be castaways. 

Ready Self-Denial 

Self-denial should be spontaneous, not a "must-l?" but a "want- 
to." When the Lord calls us to deny ourselves and answer His call, 
is our response a ready response? In speaking of the owner of the 
ass and colt, which He was sending two of His disciples to fetch, 
Jesus said, "Ye shall say, 'The Lord hath need of them, and straight- 
way he will send them.'" When the Lord has need 1 of us or our 
possessions, how quickly do we respond? Straightway? 

We find that those in Matthew 25:34-40 who could not remember 
when they had ministered to the Lord's needs in the way of food, 
clothing, and drink, had done so spontaneously out of a heart of love. 
That is why they had not cataloged these deeds against the day of 
reckoning. Do we quickly deny ourselves for the sake of ministering 
to others? Our tendency is to be concerned only about self, closing 
our eyes to the needs about us. Self must be denied. 
Further Examples in the World of Self-Denial 

A. In his experience with Lot, when their herdsmen strove, 
Abraham sacrificed the right to choose first. "In lowliness of mind 
let each esteem others better than themselves." When it comes to the 
place where we cannot agree, let us not contend for what we would 
consider our rights. 

B. Widow of Zarephath. To Elijah God had said, "Arise, get 
thee to Zarepath, . . . behold I have commanded a widow woman 
there to sustain thee." It was a time of dearth; and when Elijah 
came to the widow, he found her gathering sticks with which to 
make a fire to bake her very last meal. Yet when Elijah requested 
a cake from her hand, she went to make it for him. We see on 
the part of this widow an act of self-denial. The call of the Lord 
may seem unreasonable at times, but let us remember that when 
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C. Queen Esther. When her responsibility to go before the 
king became clear, she accepted it, saying, "If I perish, I perish." 
She was willing to sacrifice her life, if need be, to carry out her duty. 
This was self-denial. 

D. Daniel and the other three Hebrews. These young men had 
the choice of eating the king's meat, but they refrained from eating 
those delicacies. Their reluctance was probably due to the dietary 
commands of the Law. Though far from home, they nevertheless 
adhered to what they had been taught, denying themselves of the 
king's meat. 

E. The early Christians. "And sold their possessions and goods, 
and parted them to all men, as every man had 1 need (Acts 2:45). They 
were unselfish. There should be an equality among us. 

F. Paul. "But none of these things move me, neither count 
I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy." 
Paul lived a self-denied life. 

G. Moses. He chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people 
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; ... for he 
had respect unto the recompence of the reward." Those who live in 
self-denial keep this reward in view. 

God's Way-Not Ours 

An architect complains that many of his clients come and ask 
him to design a house for them, only to let him speedily discover 
that they have already designed it for themselves. What they really 
want is the sanction of their own plan, and the satisfaction of seeing 
him draw on paper what they have fully laid out in their own minds. 
In very much the same fashion we often go to the great Architect 
with our lives. We ask for wisdom and guidance, like Solomon, 
but we have already planned how we will build our fortunes and 
shape our course, and it is not His way we are seeking, but His 
approval of ours. 

— Selected from The Christian Contender by Brother Willard Beam 

***** 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 

CARRIED AWAY TO A MOUNTAIN 

Rev. 21:10 
In the New Testament it says five times that "John was the 
disciple whom Jesus loved." We know that Jesus loves everyone, 
but He liked John especially well because John loved and trusted 
Jesus. After Jesus went back to heaven the people who believed 
in Him were persecuted by those who hated Jesus. This means that 
they were put in prison and some were even killed because of their 
faith in Jesus. John was a very important believer in Jesus because 
he had known Him all his life and could tell people about how Jesus 
lived and the good things He had done; how He had healed the sick, 
caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and had even brought 



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back to life people that were dead! Because John was such a witness 
the emperor or king of Rome had taken John to a lonely island where 
no one lived. This island was called "Patmos." 

While John lived on the island of Patmos, the most wonderful 
thing in his life happened. Jesus, who had gone back to heaven, 
came to visit John on the Island. He appeared to John in His glory, 
and His face shone like the sun. And John fell down at Jesus' feet 
like he was dead. It was just too wonderful. But Jesus laid 1 His right 
hand on John and said, "Fear not, I am the first and the last." 
Jesus gave John a message for each of the seven churches in Asia; 
and Jesus took John to heaven and he saw the throne of God. 

We don't have space to tell of all the wonderful things that were 
shown to John; but in the twenty-first chapter of Revelation John says 
he saw a new heaven and a new earth. An angel carried John away 
to a great and high mountain where he saw a great city called the 
New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. John tells us what he 
saw there: how the walls of the city were made of precious stones, 
the gates to the city were made of pearl, the street was pure gold, 
there was no night there because the light and glory of Jesus would 
make it bright and shining all the time. There are many things that 
John told about — the river of life and the tree of life and the throne 
of God; but one thing he told I want you to remember it is very 
important. In that beautiful city will be no bad people — only good; 
no even a person that tells lies. Now I know that children aren't 
always good; I know I wasn't — but there is a way that we can get 
to see that beautiful city. We must believe in Jesus. We must 
learn to love Him above everything, just like John. Jesus can make 
us good and pure and then when we die or Jesus comes again, we 
can go home to that beautiful city of God and be with Jesus always. 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, CA 
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NEWS ITEMS 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I want to thank all of you for the many prayers, gifts, cards, and 
visits while I was in the hospital and while I am convalescing at home. 
May the Lord bless you. - Sister Leola Beck 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation was blest with a two week 
revival meeting, which began March 25. Elder Dale Jamison of 
Quinter, Kansas was our evangelist. We were glad for the presence 
of Sister Jamison, daughter Marcia, and Sister Ethel Whitmer. 

Brother Jamison's good Gospel Messages bore fruit as two 
precious souls were baptized into the Church. May the Lord richly 
bless them throughout the coming year. 

— Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 



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PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will hold a 
two week revival meeting, beginning June 17 through July 1, with 
Elder Allen Eberly as the Evangelist. 

We invite all to come enjoy these services with us. 

— Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

LITTLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

A ten day revival meeting is planned for the Walnut Grove 
Congregation, to begin on June 22 through July 1, 1973. Brother 
Kegerreis of the Bethel Congregation will be our Evangelist. Pray 
for these meetings and come worship with us. 

— Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 

OBITUARIES 

SALEM EDGAR ROUNDS 
Son of the late Nathaniel and Martha Wilt Rounds was born 
November 7, 1883, and departed this life at the Garrett Memorial 
Hospital, Oakland, Maryland, on March 27, 1973, at the age of 89 
years, 4 months, and 20 days. 

On July 19, 1910, he was united in marriage to the former 
Stella Wilt, who survives. 

Also surviving are nine sons, Albert Rounds, Harrisonburg, Va., 
William of Bloomington, Md., Ellis of Alliance, Ohio, Harvey of Cathar- 
pin, Va., Harold of Mesa, Ariz., Paul of Deer Park, Md.; three 
daughters, Mrs. Wilma Mae Bittinger, Grantsville, Md., Mrs. Nellie 
Travis, Westernport, Md., Mrs. Bess is Kerling, Keyser, W. Va.; twenty- 
eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and a brother, Floyd 
Round's, Salisbury, Pa. One daughter preceded him in death. 

Brother Rounds was baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church 
many years ago, and was a member of the Broadwater Congregation 
at the time of his death. 

Funeral services were held March 29, 1973, at 1:30 P.M., at 
the Church of the Brethren, Westernport, Md., by Brother Eugene 
Kauffman and Church of the Brethren minister, Robert Strickler. 
Interment was in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale, Md. 
"The pains of death are passed, 

Labor and sorrow cease; 
And life's long warfare closed at last, 

His soul is found in peace. 
Soldier of Christ, well done! 

Praise be thy new employ! 
And while eternal ages run, 
Rest in thy Saviour's joy." 

— Sister Bertha Dorsey, Cor. 

MARIE STOLL 
Daughter of Henry and Tillie Wagler Gingerich was born June 
20, 1924, in Daviess County, Indiana, and departed this life April 3, 



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1973 at the Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 48 years, 
9 months, and 14 days. 

She was united in marriage to Isaac Stoll, and to this union 
were born three sons and three daughters. 

In November, 1969, she united with the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
and held her membership with the Pleasant Ridge Congregation, 
Montpelier, Ohio, until the time of her death. 

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Isaac; six children; 
her father; three brothers; five sisters; and a host of relatives and 
friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and one sister. 
Funeral services at the Faith Mennonite Church, Hillsdale, Mich., 
on Friday, April 6, 1973, were conducted by Elder Dean St. John, 
with Pastor Clyde Wagler assisting. 

"Look at me as you walk by 
As you are now, so once was I; 
As I am now, so will you be, 
Prepare yourself to follow me." 

REPORT OF CIVILIAN SERVICE BOARD 

During the past year, five of our men have been in 1-W service. 
I believe the year 1973 finds each one's year completed. Anyone 
who has not been reported will continue until the expiration of his 
two years. 

Induction has been ended, but the Selective Service System has 
not. 

The requirement that when men reach the age of eighteen will 
continue to be in force. Register when reaching the age of eighteen. 

In view of reduced calls and prospects of ending induction, your 
Secretary did not attend a meeting of the National Service Board in 
Washington. 

During the year one brother, in District No. 1, requested assist- 
ance. 

All registrants will be placed in Class 1-H. These will not be 
examined or processed for induction unless they are classified out of 
1-H into l-O, and this only in case of emergency. 

— Ray S. Shank, Executive Secretary 
Civilian Service Board 
Dunkard Brethren Church 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE, 1973 

June 3 — Samson's great Strength. Judges 16:1-20 
June 10 — Temperance. Romans 14:1-23 
June 17 — Results of playing with sin. Judges 16:21-30 
June 24 — Every man did that which seemeth right in his own eyes. 
Judges 17:1-13 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JUNE, 1973 

CALLED 



Memory Verse, John 13:13 

Ye call me Master and Lord: 

and ye say well; for so I am. 
Fri. 1-Luke 19:1-28 
Sat. 2-John 1:29-51 

Memory Verse, John 15:15 

Henceforth I call you not 

servants; for the servant 

knoweth not what his lord 

doeth: but I have called you 

friends; for all things that I 

have heard of my Father I 

have made known unto you. 
Sun. 3-John 4:1-26 
Mon. 4-John 10:1-30 
Tues. 5-John 11:11-46 
Wed. 6— John 13:1-30 
Thurs. 7-John 15:1-27 
Fri. 8-Acts 2:14-40 
Sat. 9-Acts 4:13-31 

Memory Verse, Acts 10:15 

And the voice spake unto him 

again the second time, What 

God hath cleansed, that call 

not thou common. 
Sun. 10-Acts 5:17-42 
Mon. 11 -Acts 6:1-15 
Tues. 12-Acts 7:1-33 
Wed. 13-Acts 7:34-60 
Thurs. 14-Acts 9:1-31 
Fri. 15-Acts 10:1-33 
Sat. 16-Acts 11:1-30 

Memory Verse, Acts 1 1 :26 
And when he had found him, 
he brought him unto Antioch. 
And it came to pass, that a 
whole year they assembled 

The Bible is a window in this prison of hope, through which we 
look into eternity. 



themselves with the church, 
and taught much people. And 
the disciples were called 
Christians first in Antioch. 

Sun. 17-Acts 13:1-12 

Mon. 18— Acts 16:1-34 

Tues. 19-Acts 22:1-21 

Wed. 20-Acts 24:1-27 

Thurs. 21 -Acts 28:16-31 

Fri. 22-Rom. 1:1-23 

Sat. 23-Rom. 8:19-39 

Memory Verse, Acts 22:16 
And 1 now why tarriest thou? 
arise, and be baptized, and 
wash away thy sins, calling on 
the name of the Lord. 

Sun. 24-Rom. 9:1-33 

Mon. 25-Rom. 10:1-21 

Tues. 26-1 Cor. 1:1-31 

Wed. 27-1 Cor. 7:1-24 

Thurs. 28-1 Cor. 12:1-31 

Fri. 29-Gal. 1:1-24 

Sat. 30— Gal. 5:1-26 

Memory Verse, Rom. 9:26 

And it shall come to pass, that 
in the place where it was said 
unto them, Ye are not my 
people; there shall they be 
called the children of the 
living God. 

Rom. 10:14, How then shall 
they call on him in whom they 
have not believed? and how 
shall they believe in him of 
whom they have not heard? 
and how shall they hear with- 
out a preacher? 



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jthel, Pa* 1950? 



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VOL. LI JUNE 1, 1973 NO. 11 

"For the faith onoe for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

NO SHADOW OF TURNING 

He fainteth not, nor i,s He ever weary, 

The Mighty One whose arm is strong to save; 

He giveth strength to aid the fainting pilgrim, 
And 1 to the weak, the courage to be brave. 

He sleepeth not, His eyelids closing never; 

His children aye are kept within His sight; 
The fallen one He lifts, and ever seeketh 

The straying feet to lead back to the light. 

He faileth not; His faithfulness abideth; 

All others may, yet He is true 
His "fear nots" glow with comfort for the troubled; 

The faithful guide will lead the journey through. 

He changeth not, our Great High Priest forever; 

Within the veil for us He intercedes; 
This is our hope, an anchor sure and steadfast, 

Fixed firm in Him who knoweth all our needs. 

— H. V. Andrews 



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THE UNJUST STEWARD 

In Luke 16:1-13, we have the parable of the unjust steward. 
A steward is a manager or superintendent of another's household 
or possessions. 

Let us consider that the children of men are stewards of what 
they have in this world. 

In this parable the steward was accused of squandering his 
master's possessions. We are not told in what manner he wasted 
his lord's goods — whether by stealing, misapplying them, or just 
through carelessness. There are always those willing to accuse us. 
May we always be able to give a good account of our stewardship. 

In vs. 2 we find the steward was called to give an account of 
his stewardship and his dismissal therefrom. Each of us must be 
discharged shortly— either by death or our Lord's coming. Each of 
us will be called to give account of our deeds in the flesh. 

Needless to say, his imminent dismissal caused the steward 
to sit down and consider what he should do. "What shall I do?" 
Certainly it is better to consider late than never. There are many 
who would do well to consider their condition in the sight of God 
while they have opportunity. 

He thought he couldn't work at manual labor such as digging, 
although we do not read of him being lame or old. He no doubt 
lived an easy life. He didn't want to beg, vs. 3. That was beneath 
his dignity. He was ashamed to beg, but not ashamed, perhaps, 
to embezzle. 

"I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the 
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses," vs. 4. He 
therefore decided he would reduce the debt of his lord's debtors. 
He called every one of his lord's debtors to him, reducing one's 
debt by fifty percent and that of another by twenty percent. He 
was in a position he could do that, but we as stewards have not 
that authority. 

We may wonder why his lord commended him, vs. 8. It was 
a matter of economics. It has been said a half-loaf is better than 
no loaf at all. By reducing the debt of the debtors, he was favoring 
them and at the same time he was salvaging part of his lord's goods 
which otherwise could have been lost. Indeed, it is true "the children 
of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light," 
vs. 8. 

Many live as though they expect to live here always — as if there 
is not another life after this. The unjust steward 1 was wise in his 
worldly way because he realized he would soon be turned out of the 
stewardship and he made provision for that time. We, too, shall 
sometime be turned out of our stewardship here below when it is 
ours to exchange time for eternity. 

Jesus suggested to the disciples that they make friends of the 



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mammon of unrighteousness. We may wonder about this, but the 
thought seems to be that whether we have little or much of this 
world's goods we should do good with what we have. 

If we are faithful in small things we are likely to be faithful in 
greater things. If we have not been faithful with what God has 
given us here, how can we expect to have the true riches, the spiritual 
treasures? 

Let us remember we cannot serve God and riches, God and sin, 
or God and Satan. 

Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a 
habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. 



Thank God every morning when you get up that you have 
something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. 
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you 
temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a 
hundred other virtues which the idle never know. 

Even though modern unsaved man would like to get rid of his 
soul as a decaying tooth, he cannot. The soul will forever exist in 
heaven or hell. 



Never believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively 
know it to be true; never tell even that, unless you feel that it is 
absolutely necessary — and that God is listening while you tell it. 

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FOUR-LETTER WORDS 

We live in difficult times. All around us we see protest: wars 
and revolutions, riots, and demonstrations, marches and sit-ins. Many 
of the protests are prompted by what i,s euphemistically called 
"Freedom of Speech," and "Freedom of the Press." With under- 
ground newspapers and the open dispensing of pornography, these 
so-called freedoms have turned into a promulgation of "four-letter 
words." 

With all the beautiful words in the English language it is un- 
fortunate that when there is reference to "four-letter words," we 
immediately think of something vulgar. I have found a different 
set of four-letter words which, with applied action, can revitalize 
the Christian life. This revitalization emphasizes the fact that each 
Christian is an important member of Christ's family, and that every- 
one who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord is a member of one body. 
These four-letter words serve notice to the world that the Christian 
is indeed a part of the body of Christ. 

One of these four-letter words is tell. This word is the essence 
of Christ's instructions to His disciples to "Go ye into all the world, and 
preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Telling the 
story of Jesus is the job of every Christian. Acts 1 :8 instructs us 
to tell his story in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and in the utter- 
most parts of the earth. Are you telling the story in your Jerusalem, 
in your Judea, in your Samaria? 

Other four-letter words show us how to tell the greatest story 
ever told. One of these words is work. James 2:26 says, "Faith with- 
out works is dead." It is a known fact that in any organization only 
about 10 percent of the people do about 90 percent of the work. 
Are you, as a Christian, upholding your end of the work of your 
congregation? In Exodus 14:15 we read, "Wherefore criest thou 
unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." 
Only as the Christians do their work can today's church go forward. 

Another word is give. A Christian can help tell the story by 
giving of his time, his talents, and his possessions. These are all 
important factors in the Christian's service to God 1 . When a person 
gives himself to Jesus, he pledges these things to His service. As 
important as these gifts are, though, there is one gift that is often 
overlooked — a gift that is far more important than any of these 
combined — the gift of one's self. Give of yourself first and these 
other things will come. 

Live is also a four-letter word. We are all familiar with the old 
adage, "Actions speak louder than words." This was never more 
true than where Christians are concerned. There is always someone 
ready to point the finger and say, "Look at that person. He is 
supposed to be a Christian, but look at the things he does. Is he 



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a hypocrite! I know you have heard things of this kind; every 
churchman has. In many instances this is a legitimate observation 
and a Christian should not be averse to this criticism. The person 
who points the finger seldom has the fortitude to even attempt to 
live the Christian life. 

Jesus has admonished us to live the dedicated life because others 
are watching us. This is what he meant when he told us: "Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and 
glority your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). 



Still another four-letter word is sing. Now we all like to sinq 
Scriptures encourage us to sing songs and praises to our God. In 
the Book of Psalms alone are 67 references to the word sing. Christians 



■ , -■■ ■ -.— >»■«-«..» .^ me wuiu biny. v_nristians 

have been writing and singing songs since the very beginning of 
Christianity! Some of the world's greatest music has felt the 
Christian influence. 

The Bible teaches us to pray. This is an area of the Christian 
lite that often needs revitalization. Jesus taught the disciples to 
pray, and He spent much time in prayer. If Jesus felt the need to 
pray, how much more do we need it? Prayer is the Christian's line 
of communication with God. By praying we admit God into our lives 
We must get in the mood of fellowship with God so He can channel 
Mis assistance to us in complete compliance with His ordained plan 
u Prayer is as much giving as receiving. It is not a "give me '"but 
a make me procedure by which we learn how to be what God wants 
us to be and to set our minds and hearts to become just that The 
real purpose of prayer is to get us on the Lord's side. His resources 
for good living will be made available to us only when we make the 
getting of them a secondary concern, and put first in our interest 

cal Wh«r 9 r Au m6 > ° f PerS ° nS f ° r Which his P ,an of ademption 
calls. What God has to say to us is more important than what we 

tt tL« S ^y\° S ■ PaU ' admonishes "» to pray without ceasing 
(I Tness. 5:17). This is prayer as it should be 

Now we come to another four-letter word, hope. Hope is some- 
thing that sets the Christian apart. Without hope man is an un- 
for itnlVT T ^ny people without hope lack the necessary 
fortitude to stand against the trials and troubles of modern living and 
in their need resort to artificial props such as alcohol and narcotics 
Our penal institutions are full of people without hope, each one trying 
in his own way to reach above the troubled scene of life. Fortunately 
the Christian has an answer. The answer, of course, is found in 
Chnst and the sacrifice He made for us. He gives the courage and 
the peace of mind which brings to all men the hope of salvation I 
mnri rw^ discussing four-letter words. There are many 
more that could be mentioned, some just as important as these, each 
one containing enough basics for a sermon in itself. However now 
we turn to the most important of them all: love. Paul tells us "faith 



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hope, charity (love) . . . but the greatest of these is charity (love)" 
(I Cor. 13:13). 

Love means different things to different people. We are familiar 
with the love that is shared by husband and wife, parents and their 
children, and close friends. It is very important that we love our 
spouses, members of our families, and our close friends, but this sort 
of love is a relatively simple thing, and it does not set the Christian 
apart from other people — after all, everyone does that! 

Jesus once said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matt. 
22:39). Who is your neighbor? Is your neighbor the man or woman 
next door who holds wild parites until the wee hours, with little 
thought for the noise that disturbs you? Is your neighbor the drunken 
husband down the street who takes great delight in beating his wife 
and children? Is your neighbor the criminal in the county jail? Is 
your neighbor the family that lives on the other side of the tracks? 
Is your neighbor the young person with a drug addiction? Yes, 
these very ones are the people Jesus has instructed us to love if we 
are to stand above the crowd. This is where the Christian is really 
set apart. 

Eight four-letter words: tell, work, give, sing, live, pray, hope, love. 
These are the kind of four-letter words upon which the Christian 
must act to revitelize his life, and to make today's church in today's 
world a vital, living force. 

Tell, work, give, sing, live, pray, hope, love. But the greatest 
of these is love. 

— Stanley C. Freeman 

NO PRAYER GOES UNHEARD 

Often we pause and wonder when we kneel down to pray, 
Can God really hear that prayer that we say- 
But if we keep praying and talking to Him 
He'll brighten the soul that was clouded and dim, 
And as we continue our burden seems lighter, 
Our sorrow is softened and our outlook is brighter, 
For though we feel helpless and alone when we start, 
Our prayer is the key that opens the heart, 
And as our heart opens, the dear Lord comes in 
And the prayer that we felt we could never begin 
Is so easy to say for the Lord understands 
And gives us new strength by the touch of His hands, 

—Helen Steiner Rice 
— Selected by Brother Amos Eberly 



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WHY CHRISTIANS CANNOT BE UNEQUALLY 
YOKED WITH NON-CHRISTIANS 

To my mind this is a very vital, timely, and practical subject. We 
do not all see things alike or understand things alike, and we have 
different natures, and other things may enter in, but each of us should 
look to the Word of God for our direction and guidance in this life. 
It is certain that we must all give an account of ourselves before God 
some day. The Bible tells us, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate" 
that leads to life everlasting, for "few there be that find it." 

May we honestly and sincerely accept the Word of God in Psalm 
119:10, 11: "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not 
wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in my heart, 
that I might not sin against thee." The wise man Solomon said in 
speaking of God, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall 
direct thy paths." Is not this why Christians cannot be unequally 
yoked together with non-Christians? 

It seems that we are living in very trying times. Many decisions 
have to be made. I think any Christian will agree that we are living 
in the last days. Seemingly Satan knows his time is short and he is 
making a desperate effort to draw the Christians away from God 
by yoking them with the world. 

"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with 
God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the 
enemy of God," James 4:4. "If any man love the world, the love 
of the Father is not in him," I John 2:15. These verses alone would 
answer the question of why we should not be unequally yoked with 
the world. 

The unequal yoke is presented to us in the Bible in various ways. 
It may well be outlined under four heads. 

1. The social circle, or the unequal yoke with unconverted 
companions. 

2. The matrimonial circle, or the unequal yoke in marriage. 

3. The commercial circle, or the unequal yoke in business. 

4. The religious circle, or the unequal yoke in the worship of God. 
The first one of being yoked with unconverted companions 

seems to be especially ensnaring to our young people. We can be 
and should be friendly with the unconverted but should not get too 
intimate with them, because their minds are on things of the world 
and they look to the world for their entertainment. And many times 
these things are anything but wholesome for a Christian. 

To be real chums with them you will have to be interested in 
the same things they are and go to the same places they go, and 
before you realize it you have lowered your standard, and no more 
have a conscience against some things you once had. Not only young 



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people, but some of us older ones might be found associating with 
non-Christians, listening to their vile stories, standing by laughing 
and having a good time, or with them attending shows and fairs or 
other amusements of the world. One thing leads to another until 
before you know it you have no relish for spiritual things any more. 

The second part deals with the unequal yoke in marriage. Many 
of us have seen example after example of this. How blind and yet 
seemingly happily some Christians have given themselves in marriage 
to a non-Christian, but much unhappiness followed! To have true 
happiness in marriage, it must be engaged in with much sacredness. 
Who can imagine a non-Christian taking a sacred attitude toward 
marriage in the fullest sense? Many joys and sorrows and problems 
are present in married life. Many hard decisions have to be made 
for which a Christian must implore the help of God, which a non- 
Christian would not think of doing. The unequal marriage yoke 
leads to very dangerous ground, and cannot result in true happiness. 

God wants us to be happy Christians. That is the reason He 
warns us against these things. Another big reason why a Christian 
should not marry a non-Christian is the welfare of the children God 
may send into the home. What will they think of Christianity? If 
only one of them would be lost in eternity, the very thought of it 
should make us shudder so that we would never want to take a chance 
on that kind of matrimony. 

The next part deals with the unequal yoke in business. "Be 
ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship 
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath 
light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial, or 
what part hath he that believeth with an infidel," II Cor. 6:14, 15. 
We are living in an age of organizations and associations, and to be 
a good partner with an unbeliever in business we have to be inter- 
ested in helping to succeed financially. The unconverted partner 
undoubtedly will use methods to make money which a Christian 
cannot participate in, or he may even desecrate the Sabbath to 
accumulate money, and if you are in business with him part of that 
ill-gotten gain is yours. 

Let us consider some unequal yokes of today. There are today, 
horse associations, Holstein associations, Guernsey associations, pure 
milk associations, and many other associations. And it is to be re- 
gretted that so many Christians are connected with them— I fear to 
their sorrow. They say the way into a man's heart is by the way 
of his stomach. The devil has long ago found out the way to destroy 
man's relish for spiritual things and deaden his conscience is by the 
way of his pocketbook. The good Lord didn't put His people in 
this world to see how much money they could accumulate. 

It is universal that in any association the stronger element or 
party governs the weaker and that the actions of one bind the other 



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party. If the price of milk is not high enough to suit, the decision 
may be to dump it out and make the buyers come to time. That 
is the policy of many unions or associations. Many more could be 
named. 

All these I think are forerunners of the mark of the beast spoken 
of in Revelation. We are probably nearer to that time than we think. 

The next and last is being unequally yoked with the unconverted 
in worship. 

In the early church the unconverted did not feel at home with 
the saints in the church. "And by the hands of the apostles were 
many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were 
all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the rest durst no 
man join himself to them. . . )," Acts 5:12, 13. 

There were hypcrites in the church then but they were not 
allowed to remain there long as we see in the cases of Ananias and 
Sapphira, and Simon the sorcerer. The Bible warns against having 
fellowship with people who hold and teach false doctrine. II John 10. 
We should have no fellowship with this world. James 4:4. 

It seems as though some professing Christians think that Sunday 
is the only day we should think of God and sacred things and implore 
God's direction, but God intends for us to be in His service every 
day of the week and in our daily work continually to ask His guidance 
in all things. 

Let us hope and pray that we will not get unequally yoked with 
the world like king Saul; the Spirit of God departed from him and he 
didn't know it. 

—Joseph Brown 



THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING 

Galations 6:7, 8 

Associated with all God's fixed laws, both physical and spirit- 
ual, is the law of retribution when laws are broken. We cannot 
deviate from any fixed law without receiving a penalty for our deviat- 
ion. To ignore the law of gravity will cause serious injury if we 
fall very far. 

God's moral or ethical law is no less fixed or final. It is based 
on the absolutes of God's eternal Word, which includes both promises 
for obedience and penalties for disobedience. 

The law of sowing and reaping has many implications that we 
do well to evaluate, especially as related to home and church life. 
All of life's decisions should be made with this realization. 



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The minister of the Gospel or administrative leader must realize 
that any compromise of Scriptural principle which affects the life 
of the church will cause a harvest sometime. 

When we evaluate the law of sowing and reaping according to 
natural sowing of seed, we see the harvest is always multiplied 1 ; 
one grain of seed produces many grains. This is a sobering thought 
as it relates to church life or home life. 

Even the wrong trend of thought in the personal life of a leader 
will eventually show itself and an influence is spread that will some- 
time bear fruit. 

Church leaders stand in a strategic place between God and man, 
called by God to be Biblically sound in every presentation of truth. 

Truth is an influence of power to build the church of Jesus Christ. 

Present church situations in many places are a sad commentary 
of the truth of God's fixed laws. A shade of permissiveness on the 
part of church leaders soon produces a harvest of lasciviousness that 
we are sure they never intended. 

An unScriptural position on any doctrinal issue soon becomes a 
raging fire of unbelief and rebellion. 

Many church leaders today are wondering just how it is that 
they find themselves in their present position. It is only the fulfill- 
ment of God's stated law. If we sow to the wind, we reap a whirl- 
wind. 

In the short history of our lives we have seen much evidence 
of the terrible harvest being reaped and to be reaped by irresponsible 
and irrational action not carefully thought through or balanced by 
Scripture. The ensuing confusion of the aftermath is terrible to 
behold. One must shudder to think of the harvest awaiting those 
who shove a.side the fixed laws of God as it pertains to congerational 
life and conduct. 

The foolish words of anger soon become a roaring flame of 
destruction as seed bears fruit. The careless fleshly indulgence becomes 
a landslide of carnality in a short time. The vicious state of jealousy 
becomes a vehement flame. Pampering the worldly desires of our 
children makes us progenitors of a rapidly developing crowd of world- 
lings of both children and grandchildren. If the foundations be 
destroyed, what can the people do? 

The evident confusion in many circles is a result of seed sown 
that is now bearing fruit to destruction. The call to compromise is 
pushed upon us many times and 1 presented as being so reasonable. 

May the Lord grant us grace and wisdom never to sow the seeds 
of compromise and unbelief which bring forth the bitter galling harvest 
of lost souls. 

The harvest is truly great. 

— M. J. Baer in Christian Contender 



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ARE WE READY? 

My thoughts lately have been turning continually toward the 
second coming of Christ. Are we ready, watching, and waiting for 
that day? We read in II Pet. 3:10, 14, "But the day of the Lord will 
come as a thief in the night. . .be diligent that ye may be found of 
him in peace, without spot, and blameless." It seems to me that we 
are not as prepared as we should be. In II Pet. 1:10, we read, 
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling 
and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall." Arc 
we getting too wrapped up in the affairs of this life, and thus not 
waiting for our Redeemer? The apostle Paul has somewhat to say 
about this in II Tim. 2:4, "No man that warreth entangleth himself 
with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen 
him to be a soldier." As Christ's soldiers, are we becoming too in- 
volved in the affairs of this life to give God the glory due Him? 

In this day and age the world i t s flowing in an ever-increasing 
stream of modernism, in which fashion plays a major part, as does 
the idea that the more you have the better you are. Paul in Romans 
writes, "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision 
for flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." Do we try to be like the Joneses 
and to have everything like they have? Are we laying up "treasures 
upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
break through and steal"? Are we letting the ways of the world 
rule our lives? In I Cor. 7:31 we read, "for the fashion of this 
world passeth away." Are we going to follow the fashions of this 
world that pass away, when God offers us eternal life if we will 
but follow and obey His commands? 

As we look around us, we see the great world power coming 
into play, a world bank and universal monetary system, in which 
you cannot buy or sell unless you cope with their demands. Churches 
are slowly merging together to form what will become a world-wide 
church, but still they will be no closer to God. The world is just 
waiting for a superhuman who will rule all and bring peace. 

In John 18:36 we read, "My kingdom is not of this world. . . ." 
Again, II Cor. 6:17 says, "Wherefore come out from among them, 
and be ye separate. . . ." We must lead lives that will set us apart 
from the world. Being born from above, belonging to another king- 
dom, and living close to Christ in thought, purpose, and action marks 
the unmistakable distinction between the true believer and the world. 
Those who have become truly regenerated, who are new creatures 
in Christ Jesus, who "have put off the old man with his deeds; and 
have put on the new man," Col. 3:9, 10, will show by the life they 
live that they are not of this world, and they will therefore not 
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When we renounce Satan with all his pernicious ways, and put 
on Christ in baptism, we turn our backs to the world. It is therefore 
proper and good that we should by our manner of life show that we 
are new men seeking the way of Jesus rather than the way of the 
world. We should be living epistles, "known and read of all men," 
II Cor. 3:2. May we be like an open book, that all may read of our 
faith in Jesus Christ. 

— Selected from The Vindicator 



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HOLDING CIVIL OFFICE OR VOTING 

The Bible always makes a distinction between the government 
and the Christian church. When it speaks of the authorities, it always 
says they for the authorities and uses the term we or the equivalent 
for the Christian. There is no exception in all the New Testament. 
Note I Timothy 2:12, we; Romans 13:4, thou and he; Romans 13:6, 
they; Romans 13:5, we; Acts 5:29, we. 

No place in the New Testament are the Christians instructed as 
to how to vote, or whom to put into office. The Bible instructs the 
Christian how to conduct himself and whom to appoint for everything, 
or an office in which he is expected to participate. 

The Christian is instructed as to how to act and the attitude he 
should take toward the government. They are always to respect 
them and to obey them as long as they do not conflict with God's 
laws, Acts 5:25-29: Hebrews 11:10-13. 

We cannot vote without being unequally yoked' with the un- 
believer. When we vote a man into office, naturally we would be 
expected to stand behind him in a carnal way and to help him to 
carry out his duties in case of emergencies, or the sheriff in his 
duties, and also the president who becomes commander in chief of 
the army and navy. 

In the past when churches lost conviction about voting, they 
soon lost their nonresistance also. This usually has also been a test 
with the government as to whether a man was truly nonresistant. 
If he voted, he was expected to stand behind the government and 
to fight for his country, if and when called. 

According to the New Testament teaching, the Christian is not 
to run the government but to propagate Christ's spiritual kingdom. 
Are we doing either one of these? 

—J. A. Birky 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A SHIPWRECK 

Acts 27 

Have you ever sailed in a large ship on the ocean? Sometimes 
I think I would hke to. Two thousand years ago the ships weren't 
as large as they are now. They didn't have big engines to push them 
through the water but were driven by the wind with sails. Sailing 
a ship in those days was dangerous, especially in the winter when 
the storms were severe. Many ships were wrecked on the rocks 
in the storms. 

The apostle Paul was put on a ship when he was a prisoner and 
was sent from the city of Caesarea to Rome, a distance of nearly two 
thousand miles. There were two hundred and seventy-six people 
on Paul s ship so it was a large one for that time. After sailing many 
days they came to an island called Crete. Paul advised the captain 

2? 12 J e . € W ' nter ' Saying that if had been revealed to him 
that the ship and their lives would be in danger. Because Paul was 
lust another pnsioner, the captain didn't regard his advice and when 

PhTnire ° ame fr ° m thS S ° Uth ' they Set SaN f ° r a harbor called 

It wasn't long till the wind began to blow hard, and soon a 
great storm was upon them so that they could not control the ship 
ft was a tempest and fearing the boat would fall apart, the captain 
had chains fastened around the ship to hold it together In three 
days they came close to a small island where the water was shallow 
Fearing they might get stuck in the quicksand, they set sail to get 
away from the island and threw out everything they could spare to 
lighten the ship. r 

For many days the storm continued and it became dark so that 
they could not see the sun or stars. They were lost and all hope of 
being ^ saved was gone. Then Paul spoke to the men, "Be of good 
cheer. For God' had revealed to him that no lives would be lost 
even though the ship would be wrecked and they would be cast 
upon an island. 

This all came to pass as Paul said. The ship was caught in the 
sand and broken in two by the waves. Those that could swim jumped 
into the sea and swam ashore; the others took boards or broken pieces 
of he ship and floated to land. This was a great experience for 
Paul who knew that, All things work together for good to them that 
love the Lord. 

-Brother Rudy Cover. Modesto, California 



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OPTIMISM 

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough 
Without your woes. No path is wholly rough; 
Look for the places that are smooth and clear, 
And speak of those, to rest the weary ear 
Of Earth, so hurt by one continuous strain 
Of human discontent and grief and pain. 

Talk faith. The world is better off without 
Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt. 
If you have faith in God, or man, or self, 
Say so. If not, push back upon the shelf 
Of silence all your thoughts, till faith shall come; 
No one will grieve because your lips are dumb. 

Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale 

Of mortal maladies is worn and stale. 

You cannot charm, or interest, or please 

By harping on that minor chord, disease. 

Say you are well, or all is well with you, 

And 1 God shall hear your words and make them true. 

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox 
—Selected by Si.ster Edith Moss 

SELFLESSNESS CAN LEAD YOU TO HAPPINESS 

In the latter part of his life, Grenville Kleiser— the eminent teacher, 
lecturer, author, and philosopher— wrote volumes on the science of 
happy living. 

"The world needs men," he often declared, "who are willing to 
submerge self in the fervent desire to contribute their share to the 
betterment of mankind." 

Accordingly, he set forth twelve rules for happiness, which have 
become famous, as follows: 

1. Live a simple life. Be temperate in your habits. Avoid self- 
seeking. 

2. Spend less than you earn. It pays large dividends in content- 
ment. 

3. Think constructively. Train yourself to reason clearly and 
accurately. 

4. Cultivate a yielding disposition. See the other person's view- 
point. 



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5. Be grateful. Begin the day with gratitude for your oppor- 
tunities. r 

6. Rule your moods. Cultivate a mental state of peace and 
goodwill. 

7. Give generously. There is no greater joy in life than making 
others happy. 

8. Work and pray with right motives. 

9. Be interested in others. Divert your mind from self-centeredness 

10. Live in a day-tight compartment. That is, live one day at 
a time. 

1 1 . Have an interesting hobby. 
12. Keep close to God. 

-Selected by Sister Blanche Eberly 



NEWS ITEMS 

THANK YOU 

We want to send our special thanks to the brethren and sisters 
who so wonderfully remembered us in our time of need. We appre- 
ciated the prayers, gifts, calls, cards and letters, and visits during our 
recent stay in the hospital and since returning home. They meant 
much more than words could say. 

We can only thank you, but our Heavenly Father gives the 
blessing. May He bless each one of you. Let us continue to pray 
tor each other. Thank you again. 

Christian Love, Brother and Sister Amos Eberly 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation plans a two weeks revival beam- 
ing July 15 through July 29, 1973. Elder Laverne Keeney of Lititz 
Pennsylvania will be the Evangelist. 

We invite all who can to come and enjoy these meetings with 
us. If you cannot come, pray for the success of these meetings. 
We feel time is running out so let us be found in the Master's service. 

—Sister Delia Klepinger, Cor. 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

The Lord willing, the Ridge Congregation will have a one week 
revival meeting begining July 28, 1973. Elder Paul Reed of Riner 
Virginia will be the Evangelist. 

Lovefeast services will be Saturday, August 4, 1973. All are 
invited to come and worship with us in these services. 

-Sister Irene Harris, Cor. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 
R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiies, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1 433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Fioyd Swihart 

1 903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Biissfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Mlnburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1 , Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiies, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



Samuel Bross 
R. 2, Box 176-A 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



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VOL LI JUNE 15, 1973 NO. 12 



"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints. 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



PERHAPS TODAY 

Perhaps today the clouds will part asunder, 

Reveal a glory brighter than the sun, 
And we shall view with transport, joy and wonder, 

The hope of earth and Heaven's beloved One. 

Perhaps today the world's last taunt shall grieve us, 

And Satan, foiled, his final dart shall cast, 
And all our flesh's frailties shall leave us, 

And disappointment evermore be past. 

Perhaps today from weary beds of anguish 

God's suffering saints shall breathe their final sigh, 

In glory rise, no more on earth to languish, 
To meet their great Deliverer in the sky. 

Perhaps today the trump of God resounding, 

Shall wake the sleepers from their beds of clay, 

And we with them our longed-for Lord surrounding, 
Shall see His glorious face — perhaps today! 

— Author Unknown 



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OUR DUTY TO THE WEAK 

In Gal. 6:1-10 we are taught concerning those who are over- 
taken in a fault, and our responsibility toward them. It is one 
thing to be overtaken in a fault and quite another to overtake a 
fault. The Word says those who are spiritual shall restore such an 
one, vs. 1 . 

Who then is spiritual? The ministers only? Those who are 
spiritul are those who are responsive to the Spirit and controlled 
by the Spirit. Often it may be a brother who is widely respected. 
Such an one may have a strong influence in restoring and reinstating 
him. Even then, he is to go about such a task in love and meekness 
that he, himself, would not be tempted. 

We are directed to bear one another's burdens that we might 
fulfill the law of Christ, vs. 2. Troubles and trials come to all in 
this life. It means much to us when discouraged and someone 
offers sympathy and assistance. Paul said, "We then that are strong 
ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please our- 
selves," Rom. 15:1. If we do not so, "What do ye more than others?" 

It is so easy to be conceited and to think more highly of one- 
self than he ought to think. But pride is a hindrance to sympathy 
and can very well cause one to censure and condemn others. Again, 
the Apostle Paul says, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth 
take heed lest he fall," I Cor. 10:12. 

"Let every man prove his own work," vs. 4. Let every person 
scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work 
(Amplified). The only correct way to do this is by seriously and 
impartially examining our actions by the Word. In the course of 
such an examination we may find failings that would give very 
little reason to be conceited or to censure others. If we can pass 
such testing then we may have joy and satisfaction in our own hearts 
and minds. 

"For every man shall bear his own burden," vs. 5. Each of us 
will one day stand before our Maker and be called to give an 
account of our deeds. Each of us has a personal responsibility for 
our conduct in this life. Job said, "And be it indeed that I have erred, 
mine error remaineth with myself," Job 19:4. Again, "If thou be 
wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone 
shall bear it," Prov. 9:12. What shall our answer be? 

"Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that 
teacheth in all good things," vs. 6. In other words, those who have 
been benefitted by the teaching of the Word have an obligation to 
help their benefactors, especially if the benefactors are poor and in 
need. "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing 
if we shall reap your carnal things?" I Cor. 9:11. 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 



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soweth, that shall he also reap," vs. 7. Jesus said, "Take heed that 
no man deceive you," Matt. 24:4. Again, we have a great respon- 
sibility to discern the truths of God's Word that we shall not be 
deluded and misled. If we permit ourselves knowingly to be misled 
we are only mocking and defying God and we shall reap accordingly. 

"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corrup- 
tion; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life life 
everlasting," vs. 8. Just as surely a,s one sows to the sensual nature, 
just that surely he shall reap the same. "Even as I have seen, they 
that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reapeth the same," Job 4:8. 
"The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth right- 
eousness shall be a sure reward. As righteousness tendeth to life: so 
he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death," Prov. 11:18,19. 
As in most of life, each one has a choice. It is largely ours to decide 
what we most desire in this life, and in the life after this. 

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we 
shall reap, if we faint not," vs. 9. One of the virtues mentioned in 
II Peter 1:6 is that of patience. Patience is priceless. Preceding 
patience are faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, then patience. 
Possibly the preceding virtues are prerequisite to patience. Then 
patience is helpful in persevering without becoming weary that we 
faint not. 

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, 
especially unto them who are of the household of faith," vs. 10. 
Quite often we have opportunity to do good unto others by which 
we may have an influence upon them even for their spiritual good. 
We should be especially mindful in doing good unto those of the 
household of faith. 

Each of us has a choice as to what we sow. Each of us is sowing 
either to the flesh or to the Spirit. It is not God's will that any 



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should perish. Joshua chose wisely, "Choose ye this day whom ye 
will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," 
Josh. 24:15. What is your choice? 



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DUTIES OF PARENTS 

What are you doing for your children? You will have them 
with you sixteen or seventeen years. They are in your hands for 
better or for worse. For almost two d'ecades they are under the 
sound of your voice, under the watchful gaze of your eye and under 
the influence of your example. What will they be if they turn out 
like you? You will not have a second chance and if, after they have 
gone from home, they are not prepared because you failed them, 
all the wishing and weeping in the world will not and cannot bring 
them back for you to have another chance with them. When 
you sum up everything you can do for others in this life nothing 
even approaches the importance of what you do or fail to do for 
that handsome little boy or that lovely daughter. If you are too 
busy now to put them first, the time may well come when you 
would give all your tomorrows for just one yesterday with them again. 

As a parent you cannot treat character building as you would 
road building. A man can interrupt the cutting of a road into a 
forest, and in eight or ten years resume about where he left off. 
But, if you interrupt the total care in his formative years you can 
by no means begin again where you left off. If eight or ten years 
from now you suddenly feel responsible for them and become frantic 
with the question, "What can I do?" There is a good possibility 
the answer will be, "Little or nothing." You may likely find them 
irreparably grown up wrong, liabilities to their community and un- 
appreciative of their parents and God. 

When a boat is set to sail the seas every precaution is taken to 
insure safety against the storms and a safe arrival of the cargo. 
How much more important it is to see that the little child is adequately 
prepared for the safe arrival in the port of adult life, and then for 
eternity. Win their hearts today or they may break yours tomorrow. 
For truly their future and yours is in the hollow of your hand. Did 
you ever hear the poem, THE SCULPTOR, by that well known writer, 
Anonymous? It seems very timely just here: 

I took a piece of plastic clay 

And idly fashioned it one day, 
And my fingers pressed it till 

It moved and yielded to my will. 



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I came agan, when days were past, 

That bit of clay was hard at last, 
The form I gave it still it bore 

And I could change that form no more. 

Then I took some living clay 

And gently formed it day by day. 
And molded with my power and art 

A young child's soft and yielding heart. 

I came again when years were gone — 

It was a man I looked upon! 
He still that early impress bore 

And I could change it nevermore. 

If your children are still at home maybe it is not too late for you. 
"What can I do?" you ask. Listen to Paul in Ephesians 6:4, "And, 
ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in 
the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Solomon once wrote, "Train 
up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not 
depart from it" Prov. 22:6. How true and how important! 

— Facts of Faith 
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CHRISTIANS KNOW THE FUTURE 

No, Christians do not know all the future. Only God possesses 
that knowledge. Nonetheless, it can be truthfully said, Christians 
have a knowledge of things to come which is not vouchsafed to 
unbelievers. The Bible is not only a book which records the re- 
demptive acts of God in the past; it also records God's redemptive 
acts in the future. It is preeminently a book of prophecy and 
dares to predict future events in detail so that there can be no 
mistaking when they are actually fulfilled. Someone has well said, 
"Prophecy accurately interpreted is as certain as history." Just as 
Jesus came the first time and fulfilled every prophecy concerning 
that coming, even to the soldiers gambling for His garment and 
the making of His grave with the rich, so He will come the second 
time and will fulfill every word that has been spoken by the prophets 
concerning His Second Advent. 

In recent years there has been a tremendous revival of interest 
in prophecy. Strangely enough, this interest seems to be more acute 
among non-Christians than it is among many professing Christians. 
For this reason there is a renaissance of fortune-telling, witchcraft, 



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astrology, occultism, and various other psychic phenomena, unprece- 
dented in modern times. All of which testifies to man's innate desire 
to know the future. Despite the fantastic explosion of knowledge 
in the physical sciences and technology, man has a nagging fear that 
all is not well. Fear and uncertainty hangs over him like a pall of 
darkness which refuses to go away — a condition predicted by Jesus 
nearly two millennia ago: "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and 
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth," 
Luke 21:26. 

As a result of their faith in God and the Holy Scriptures, 
Christians do not have those nagging fears and have no need for those 
forbidden ways of trying to ascertain the future to which unbelievers 
are now turning in unprecedented numbers. Enlightened Christians 
know that these means and methods, inspired by the devil, are 
strictly forbidden. "There shall not be found among you any one 
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that 
useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a 
witch, or a charmer, or a consultant with familiar spirits, or a wizard, 
or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination 
unto the Lord 1 ," Deut. 18:10-12. In the New Testament, "witchcraft" 
is listed along with the other abhorrent works of the flesh, and it is 
stated, "They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of 
God," Gal. 5:21b. 

And what do Christians know about the future? Space will 
only allow the listing of a few outstanding facts. For one thing, 
they know that Christ will one day return to this earth. No Bible- 
believer can escape this fact. As the disciples stood on Mt. Olivet 
and beheld Jesus ascend into the heavens, two heavenly messengers 
stood by them and said, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up 
into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into 
heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into 
heaven," Acts 1:11. Jesus, Himself, declared in John 14:2-3, "I go 
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you 
unto myself." It is reported that General Douglas MacArthur upon 
retreating from Bataan in the Philippines, declared, "I shall return." 
And he did. Let u,s never forget that a greater than the general 
has said, I will come again." And He will! 

Again, Christians know that Christ's coming will be sudden and 
unexpected by the world. Jesus declared, "For as the lightning 
cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west; so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be," Matt. 24:27. And again, "Therefore 
be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man 
cometh," Matt. 24:44. Peter averred, "But the day of the Lord will 
come as a thief in the night," II Pet. 3:10a. Paul adds his testimony, 
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh 
as a thief in the night," I Thess. 5:2. 

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the kingdom of the earth, bringing peace. The revelation which 
gives future events in the present, reads, "The kingdoms of this 
world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and 
he shall reign for ever and ever," Rev. 11:15b. 

Lastly, Christians know that the time of our Lord's return is 
near at hand. While no one knows the "day nor the hour"; it is 
to be remembered that our Lord also said, "And when these things 
begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your 
redemption draweth nigh," Luke 21:28. Of what things does He 
speak? They are listed: (1) "And they shall fall by the edge of the 
sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem 
shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles 
be fulfilled," Luke 21:24. The regathering of Israel stands at the 
apex of fulfilled prophecy, heralding the proximity of our Lord's return. 
Further, there shall be: (2) signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars; 
(3) upon the earth distress of nations; (4) with perplexity; (5) the sea 
and waves (people) roaring; (6) men's hearts failing them for fear; 
all of which are happening now. Yes, true believers discern the times 
and confidently await their Lord's soon return. They not only hear 
His voice, "Surely I come quickly," but they also respond, Amen. 
Even so, come, Lord Jesus." 

— Wesleyan Advocate 



THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON 

We Christians have a powerful weapon, 

A secret one it is true 

And yet it is known by millions 

Of people like me and you. (Rev. 7:9) 

It is not the fearful atomic bomb, 
The weapon's more powerful than it, 
And if our enemies would use it too, 
It would not hurt us a bit. 

It could pierce the "iron curtain" 
And mountains it can remove; 
It could put an end to war and strife 
For God's power it would prove. 

This secret weapon that we have 

Is the God given one of prayer; 

It's the most powerful thing e'er was known 

And with it each can do his share. 



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Prayer is just as powerful today 

As it was in days of old, 

When through this weapon God saved Daniel, (Dan. 6:16-23) 

From the lions so fierce and bold. 

It parted the waters of the Red Sea | 

To let God's children go through; 

It caused rich Jericho's wall to fall, ^ 

And a path clears for me and you. 

It caused the sun and moon to stand still 

In Joshua we are told; (Josh. 10:12-14) 

It delivered Peter from the prison cell 

Who preached so brave and bold. (Acts 12:4-12) 

It saved the three in the fiery furnace 
From even a singed-off hair; (Dan. 3:1-27) 
When King Nebuchadnezzar looked in 
And seen that four were there. 

An angel strengthened Jesus that night 
As He prayed in Gethsemane; (Luke 22:43) 
So He was able to endure the cross 
And set us sinners free. (Matt. 26:36-46) 

So let us take this powerful weapon, (Psa. 145:18-19) 
So tried, and true, and strong, 
And have it with us every day, 
And use it against all wrong. 

If we would all kneel and pray, (Phil. 2:10; Psa. 95:6) 

With all our might for peaces (Psa. 122:6) 

And let God have His rightful place, 

All troubles then would cease. (II Chron. 7:14) 

Let us pray for our dear ministers, (I Tim. 2:1-2; Eph. 6:18-19) 

So that they will be able to stand, 

And warn us to flee from the wrath to come 

So the blood will not be on their hands. (Ezek. 3:18) 

Let us pray for our dear brothers and sisters, 

So they will live faithful and true; 

So others can see their lost condition, 

And accept Christ the Saviour too. (Prov. 10:9) 



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So let us pray more earnestly, (James 5:16-18) 

Dear brothers and sisters who care, 

To our Father who dwells in Heaven above, (Matt. 6:9-13) 

There's wonderful, wonderful power in prayer. (Matt. 7:20,21) 

— Martin J. Troyer 

— Selected from Family Life by Brother Willard Beam 



CHRISTIAN SEPARATION 

The Christian doctrine of separation from the world is not a 
popular one today. But it is at least as important now as it ever 
has been in the history of the Church. We must learn it and teach it 
to our children and strive to practice it in our daily life. But in some 
periods of Church history, Christians learned separation differently 
They found themselves facing persecution and separation simply 

u SS ru%- W T ", 0t a " OWpd to mix and 9° ^noticed in the 
world. The dividing lines were clearly drawn. To profess to follow 
Christ meant discrimination, and one did not take this step without 
counting the cost in terms of physical suffering and risk of death 

Today in our land the world seems to be friendly. And yet we 
dare not be deceived by it. With God there has been no change 
over the years. His standards remain the same and His Word is 
unaltered. The call still stands the same: "Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the 
unclean thing; and I will receive you." Yes, the world around us 
seems friendly sometimes. But is it really? In the words of the 
poet Is this vile world a friend to grace to help me on to God?" 

Perhaps it would be well to define what is meant by "the world " 
In one sense ,t is physical or "the earth." But it is mostly used in 
the Scriptures to mean the people of the world or the world system 
It is in this sense that Jesus used it in His prayer to the Father: "I 
have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because 
™7 tl ff T of u th ^ world ; ev en as I am not of the world. I pray 
XI, H , t° U l° uld f f tak , e them °"t of the world, but that thou 
shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even 
as | am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth- thy 
Word ,s truth As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have 
also sent them into the world." John 17:14-18. So the world 
that we must be separate from is the system here that is opposed 
to God Satan is behind it and is in fact its prince. It is embodied 
in people but it does not mean people as individuals. We are to 
love people and we are "sent into the world" as messengers to the 



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people. But we are not to love the system or follow its trends. 
John writes, I John 2:15-17, "Love not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the 
Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, 
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, 
but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust 
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." God 
calls us, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partaker of 
her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have 
reached unto heaven, and God 1 hath remembered her iniquities." 
This shows a picture of the ungodly system that we do not see 
when the pleasures of the world tempt us and appear so harmless 
and desireable. 

Considering this doctrine of separation reminds me of a picnic on 
the beach which we enjoyed recently. We ate our lunch right on 
the sand and it is very hard to keep the sand out of the food — 
especially with children moving around and wind. And anyone 
who has taken such a picnic knows there is a difference between sandy 
food and clean food. If there is not some sort of separation 
practiced, soon all the food will be sandy! 

Another slant on this separation is made by the Saviour in His 
Sermon on the Mount. He said, "Ye are the light of the world." A 
brother remarked in a service recently, "It is possible that we, who 
are only common people, can be the light of the world? The Lord 
uses common people who are willing to follow Him. He fills them 
with His light and then they are the light of the world. Paul writes, 
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what 
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and 1 what 
communion hath light with darkness?" 

Surely we see darkness around us today. The conditions of sin, 
unbelief and disregard for God's ways make our separation and our 
witness more important than ever before. We cannot afford to be 
silent or at ease. To quote from J. Otis Yoder in The Sword and 
Trumpet, "The Lord has never been happy to find His people at 
ease among those who hate Him." 

If we are closely following the Lord today, there will be a 
difference in us and there will be the resulting necessary separation. 
We cannot partition off a portion of our life or experience and say, 
"There need be no difference here." Many have thought this about 
clothing. Clothes cannot make the heart right, true. But it should 
be apparent that if we are following the world trends in clothes (or 
no clothes) today, there is something wrong. On the other hand, a 
dear sister remarked not long ago in regards to plain clothes, "People 
take us for Christians and what is wrong with that?" 

We want to emphasize the importance of following the Lord. 
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try to be different or just a few steps behind. We have our standards 
well defined in God's Word. We do not need to watch those who 
have no standard to determine how we should act or not act. Perhaps 
our greatest problem here is not our lack of knowledge of the right 
ways but in being willing to practice what we know as taught us 
by God's Word and His Holy Spirit. 

It is not of the world when we confess our sin,s to God, when 
we repent and are baptized 1 for their remission and ask Jesus to be 
Lord and Saviour and His Holy Spirit to be our guide. It is not 
worldly to be a member of the body of Christ and to have fellowship 
with His people. We are not following the world to dress modestly 
and plainly, to keep the ordinances of the Church of God as commu- 
nion, washing of feet, saluting our brethren with the holy kiss, 
observing God's ordier in prayer, etc. It is not of the world when we 
weep and pray for the lost, when we love our enemies, when we 
"swear not at all" and 1 when we turn the other cheek. It is not of the 
world to worship on the Lord's day or to dedicate efforts and income 
to Him. It is not worldly to forgive as we have been so abundantly 
forgiven. These things are not of the world; in fact, the world 
knows nothing about them and does not understand how they can be 
done. These are from God. They are His standards and 1 works, and 
without Him, we can do nothing. Truly, as one writer chose for his 
book title, Chri,stians are "Separated unto God." We can be if we 
give ourselves up and are willing to go all the way in God's service. 

— The Pilgrim 



IMPERFECT CHURCHES 

We sometimes speak and write of past days as if they were the 
best ones. In some respects they were; but in other respects they 
were not nearly as good as the present, largely because of the in- 
ventions and discoveries which have given the present generation 
advantages over any preceding. It has become possible for man to 
travel more, see more, and learn more in a few short years than one 
of the patriarchs could have traveled and learned and seen in hundreds 
of years. 

Once in a while we hear someone speak of the church as if all the 
good things, all the consecration, faith and devotion belonged to the 
past. But the church, being composed of fallible men ever has 
been and ever will be imperfect. There have been times when it was 
much better than at other times, for after Pentecost "the multitude 
of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul." But it 
was not long until the covetousness of Ananias and Sapphira was 



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revealed. And it is very doubtful whether there has been another 
time, from that day till this, when the same words could have been 
used in describing the church as a whole. 

We like to think, and we do think and believe, that the eight 
who came together to organize our church were of one heart and 
one soul. All their desire was to obey all the commandments of God. 
But in a few short years, we read of divisions among them, for they 
did not all practice the same thing. There has been no other time 
in our history when the church was as pure and as true as it was at 
the beginning. This is no doubt true of every denomination in 
existence. At first they were usually eager to do all of God's will; 
but as the years passed they gave up more and 1 more of God's will 
and did the will of man instead. Man tends to lose his implicit 
faith in the Lord as he increases in wisdom; and this because he, 
little by little, lets go of the things of God instead of cleaving to 
them as his life. 

We ought not to stand still after we come out as followers of 
Christ; we must grow in grace and in knowledge of the truth. 
Paul recognized this in his work. Some were still babes in Christ 
when they should have been men. We cannot at first understand 
all that we should' of the things of God. We must study, we must 
draw closer to God, we must daily ask Him to lead us into all the 
truth. The church has made mistakes in the past; it has failed to 
grasp the meaning of some parts of the Word. But it was a mistake 
of the head and not of the heart. The effort was to draw closer 
to the Master in faith and practice. There was no turning away 
from the commandments and setting up in their stead the doctrines 
of men. The church was not yet proud that it knew so much, did 
not think that it had need of nothing, did not claim to be perfect, 
but sought to go on toward perfection. 

If our church in the past was not perfect, what shall we say 
of her at the present time? Is she drawing closer to the Lord? 
Does she strive more earnestly to observe the all things commanded 
by Christ and later by the apostles as moved by the Holy Spirit? 
It seems to us that she is getting farther away from the things which 
she should hold fast. Some who used to stand firm for the whole 
Word of God, now express doubts about part of it. Yet they claim 
to have the same faith that they did. They are like Saul, who 
said he had "obeyed the voice of the Lord" when he had not and 
was rejected for disobedience while protesting that he was obedient. 
God does not change as man does; and if He rejected a chosen king 
long ago, for failure to obey, can we expect Him to do otherwise 
in these days? We think not. 

The people then followed the king; and now they follow the 
leaders. The responsibility rests very largely upon the leaders, 
and if they go wrong they must answer for the harm. So many 



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do not read what God has said, but take the word of their ministers 
for it. If the ministers speak as did Christ, taking nothing from and 
adding nothing to the Word, then those who follow them are safe, 
but not otherwise. When a minister begins to speculate as to 
whether God meant what He said, then that minister is no longer a 
safe leader, is no longer fit to stand in the pulpit and pretend to 
preach Christ to a dying world; for a preacher, who has ceased to 
be true, is like salt which has lost its savour and is fit only to be 
cast out. Would 1 that believers would compare what their preacher 
tells, with what the Lord has said. If they did so and were faith- 
ful to God, many preachers, who are very popular now, would be 
out of a job. 

The church is not perfect, and probably never will be perfect, 
until Christ comes and separates the bad from the good. But the 
church ought to be better than it is, ought to be more careful to obey 
all the commandments, ought to remove whatever is false and mis- 
leading. Instead of becoming more tolerant of sin, she ought to be 
more zealous to keep the body pure and undefined 1 . We must re- 
member that the church is the bride of Christ, and that He knows 
all about her. If she is not faithful He will reject her, just as the 
messages to the churches in Revelations rejected nearly all of them. 
The church is far from being what she should be; and the reason 
is that the members will not do what they know they ought to do. 
They cry Lord, Lord, and at the same time refuse to do the things 
which the Lord has said they must do in order to be saved 1 . 

What is to be the end? That depends upon what the church 
does. If she repents of her wrong-doings, if she will cease to do 
evil and learn to do well, if she will turn away from all false leading, 
then there is nothing for her to fear now or anytime, for sin can- 
not harm her. But if she will not repent and turn away from evil, 
she must not expect to be blessed and kept by the hand of the Lord. 
The church is what the members make her; she cannot be good 1 and 
true if the members are false and untrue. The only way is for us 
to follow more closely in the steps of Christ. As we increase in 
obedience and holiness, the body increases in these also. Jesus is 
our only Master, He is the only person having authority to tell us 
what to do to be saved. He has laid down the conditions on which 
we may gain life everlasting. There are no other conditions on 
which any dependence can be placed. 

May the Lord help us individually and collectively to be true 
to His teachings as long as life lasts; and then we know that He will 
give us a happy entrance into that other and better world. Though 
the church is not perfect, we can help to make it better than it is. 
If we do not direct ourselves to work toward this end, we shall 
be disappointed in the final call to Eternal Glory. 

— B. E. Kesler from February 1924 Bible Monitor 



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WHAT THINGS ARE RIGHT? 

"What is right for me when there are so many choices that I 
can make?" How may I know whether or not it is right to do 
certain things?" "Is it all right for me to engage in this amusement 
which I think innocent, yet which others deem sinful?" 

Youth ask these questions concerning particular activities. One 
young man confessed to us some personal indulgences and 1 asked 
whether the things in which he indulged were "all right" for a 
Christian. To which we countered with another question: "You 
haven't said anything to anybody else about them, have you?" 

"Oh, no, sir!" this young man answered. 

"Then," said I, "if they won't stand the test of publicity there 
must be some doubt about them." 

A Good test for our activities is this: "Can what I am doing 
stand for the glaring sunlight of day, but above all the approval 
of Jesus Christ and for His glory?" 

UNRULY MEMBER — We can recall times when words — those 
said or those we failed to say — assumed great importance. "Why 
didn't I hold my tongue!" or, "If I had only spoken!" — how often 
we have voiced these regrets. The tongue is indeed an unruly 
member. 

You remember the old game Gossip? A simple, whispered 
statement after many repetitions is distorted beyond recognition. 
It happens daily in conversations. We say, "That's the way it was 
told to me." But was it? It is often the small talk that causes the 
greatest heartaches. — Leora W. Houston 



SCRIPTURES 

A bright little boy once took the Bible from the center-table of 
his father's home and turned its dusty pages and said, "Mother, is 
this God's Book?" "Certainly," was the good mother's reply. 
"Well, I think we had better send it back to God, for we don't use it 
here," said the little fellow. This is a fair picture of many a home 
and the way the Bible is treated. The center-table Bible is a catch- 
all. It is a place for relics, letters, poetry, and pressed flowers. He 
has revealed to us words of truth and grace, and like David, we 
should meditate upon His Word by day and by night. The Scriptures 
are sufficient to make us wise unto salvation. Christ says, we 
are sanctified by them. Paul says, we are begotten by them. 
Peter says, we are born again by them. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

MIRACLES ON AN ISLAND 

Acts 28:1-14 

Paul had been shipwrecked on an island called Melita. There 
were people living on this island and they treated Paul and those 
that were with him with kindness. They built a fire to warm them 
for they had been in the water and were wet and cold. Paul was 
helping to gather wood, and when he put his bundle of sticks on 
the fire a viper came out of the wood, wrapped itself around his hand 
and bit him. A viper is a very poisinous snake. If one is bitten by 
a viper it means death. Paul just shook the snake off into the fire. 
The natives of the island supposed Paul must be a murderer who 
was being punished by fate and thought he would soon fall over dead. 
When no harm came to Paul, and his hand didn't swell, they changed 
their minds and said Paul was a god. 

The governor of the island was a man whose name was Publius. 
He fed Paul and his friends and gave them a place to sleep for 
three days. This man's father was very sick. He had a fever and 
was about to die. When Paul saw the sick man he prayed to God 
and laid his hands on him and the man got well. When it was 
heard that the man was healed, others who had diseases and were 
sick came to Paul and were healed, every one. This was a great 
miracle, indeed, and Paul and those with him were honored and 
given the best of everything. 

They stayed on the island for three months, and finally a ship 
from the city of Alexandria sailed and took Paul and his company 
on their way toward Rome. Because of severe storms this ship 
had anchored by the island of Melita for the winter. The natives 
appreciated what God had done for them and gave the shipwrecked 
men whatever they needed for their journey. God cared for Paul 
and He cares for you and me too. 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JULY, 1973 

July 1 - The children of Dan fight for their inheritance. Judges 18:1-31 

July 8 — The Levite confesses his sin. Judges 20:1-25 

July 15 — Benjamites destroyed. Judges 20:26-48 

July 22 — Israel mourns for the desolation of Benjamin. Judges 21:1-25 

July 29 — Hannah prays for a man child. I Sam. 1:1-18 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY, 1973 

CALLED 



Memory Verse, Eph. 1:18 

The eyes of your understand- 
ing being enlightened; that ye 
may know what is the hope of 
his calling, and what the 
riches of the glory of his in- 
heritance in the saints. 

Sun. 1-Eph. 1:1-23 

Mon. 2-Eph. 4:1-32 

Tues. 3 — Phil. 3:1-21 

Wed. 4-Col. 3:1-25 

Thurs. 5-1 Thess. 2:1-20 

Fri. 6-1 Thess. 4:1-18 

Sat. 7—1 Thess. 5:1-28 

Memory Verse, Eph. 4:1 

I therefore, the prisoner of the 
Lord, beseech you that ye 
walk worthy of the vocation 
wherewith ye are called. 

Sun. 8-11 Thess. 2:1-17 

Mon. 9-1 Tim. 6:1-21 

Tues. 10-11 Tim. 1:1-18 

Wed. 11-IITim. 2:1-26 

Thurs. 12-Heb. 2:1-18 

Fri. 13-Heb. 3:1-19 

Sat. 14-Heb. 5:1-14 

Memory Verse, II Tim. 1:9 
Who hath saved us, and called 
us with an holy calling, not 
according to our works, but 
according to his own purpose 
and grace, which was given us 
in Christ Jesus before the 
world began. 

Sun. 15-Heb. 7:1-28 

Mon. 16-Heb. 9:1-28 

Tues. 17-Heb. 10:1-39 

Wed. 18-Heb. 11:1-40 

Thurs. 19— James 2:1-26 

Fri. 20— James 5:1-20 

Sat. 21-1 Pet. 1:1-25 



Memory Verse, I Pet. 2:9 

But ye are a chosen genera- 
tion, a royal priesthood, an 
holy nation, a peculiar people; 
that ye should 1 shew forth the 
praises of him who hath call- 
ed you out of darkness into 
his marvellous light. 

Sun. 22-1 Pet. 2:1-25 

Mon. 23-1 Pet 3:1-22 

Tues. 24-1 Pet. 5:1-14 

Wed. 25-11 Pet. 1:1-21 

Thurs. 26-1 John 3:1-24 

Fri. 27-Jude 1-25 

Sat. 28-Rev. 2:1-29 

Memory Verse, II Pet. 1:10 
Wherefore the rather, breth- 
ren, give diligence to make 
your calling and election sure: 
for if ye do these things, ye 
shall never fall. 

Sun. 29-Rev. 11:1-19 

Mon. 30-Rev. 17:1-18 

Tues. 31 -Rev. 19:1-21 

Memory Verse, Rev. 17:14 
These shall make war with the 
Lamb, and the Lamb shall 
overcome them: for he is Lord 
of lords, and King of kings: 
and they that are with him 
are called, and chosen, and 
faithful. 

Rev. 19:9, And he saith unto 
me, Write, Blessed are they 
which are called unto the 
marriage supper of the Lamb. 
And 1 he saith unto me. These 
are the true sayings of God. 



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Samuel Bross 
R. 2, Box 176-A 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI JULY 1, 1973 NO. 13 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE FOG HANGS DEEP 

The fog hangs deep, I cannot see! 
Where is the way that I should take? 
What the decision I should make? 
Oh, Saviour, pilot me. 

I dare not take one step alone! 
Such fateful dangers hover near; 
I tremble, Lord, aghast with fear, 
O, Saviour, guide me on. 

Teach me the way that I should go! 
Make plain my path, the darkness through; 
With Thine own grace my strength renew, 
O Saviour, grace bestow. 

Then, when I reach Thine happy shore, 
Beyond the fogs which now obscure, 
Beyond the mists which now endure, 
I'll praise Thee evermore. 

— R. E. Neighbour 



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KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM 

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that 
getteth understanding," Prov. 3:13. Man has ever had a thirst 
for knowledge. It is interesting to note, however, that the first 
Biblical usage of the word "knowledge" was relative to the tree 
of knowledge of good and evil of which they were not to eat of 
the fruit thereof or they would die. Sometimes God withholds 
knowledge which could be detrimental to us. 

We have reason to believe there are areas into which man is 
moving that may be displeasing to God. "The heaven, even the 
heavens, are the Lords: but the earth hath he given unto the 
children of men," Ps. 115:16. We question if man's exploration 
of space, such as the moon shots and the sky lab projects, meet 
the approval of God. The heavens have always held a fascination 
for man. Man was made upright that he might look up to the 
heavens, yet many through the ages have worshipped the heavenly 
bodies rather than the Creator of those bodies. 

Genesis gives the account of those who attempted to build a 
city and tower that would reach unto Heaven. God was displeased 
with them and scattered them by confounding their language. God 
thus withheld knowledge. Genesis 11:1, "The whole earth was 
of one language, and of one speech." This was displeasing to God. 

It appears there may be a similarity to the present. Most of 
the world uses the metric system of measurements rather than our 
linear system, but now this country will change to the metric system 
in machining operations in the interest of uniformity and standard- 
ization and in our way of thinking - that all may be of "one 
language, and of one speech. Now nothing will be restrained from 
them, which they have imagined to do." We wonder, will God again 
confound man's language? 

It is quite possible that knowledge may be a hindrance instead 
of a help to man. In the pursuit of knowledge men are often 
tempted. In their desire for knowledge our foreparemts listened 
to the lies of Satan and were driven from the garden of Eden to 
till the ground. Still, men do not believe God's Word, "In the day 
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." It is better that we 
have less knowledge than have knowledge that would bring both 
physical and spiritual death. 

The wise man said, "In much wisdom is much grief: and he 
that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow," Eccl. 1:18. He had 
studied the heavens and the earth and all the works thereof and 
concluded "All is vanity and vexation of spirit." He also admonished, 
"Of making of books there is no end; and much study is a weariness 
of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear 
God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man," 



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Eccl. 12:12,13. 

Dear Reader, this is not meant to be critical of all knowledge, 
not at all. Knowledge and wisdom should go hand in hand. It 
has been stated that wisdom is the right use of knowledge. So much 
of the knowledge of today is trivial, not contributing to our soul's 
salvation, "as ye see the day approaching." Let us each do our duty 
in fearing God 1 and keeping His commandments. 



EASILY OFFENDED 

It is a great disadvantage to a person to possess a disposition 
that is easily offended. It is a serious matter because he loses his 
peace of mind and obtains nothing in return. Oftentimes his 
seeming offense has no foundation in fact, and is only a supposition. 
No person likes to be around those who have the reputation of 
interpreting every little vague word or happening as a slur. It 
is peevish and ungenerous. Such dispositions are often inherited, 
and are hard to overcome, but by prayer and watchfulness the 
Christian can get the mastery over this serious defeat. A person 
of this kind should take a broader view of life, and not deal in 
such petty thoughts. The Bible teaches that a Christian is "not 
easily offended." If you are easily offended, climb to higher ground. 
Imaginary wounds and slights have robbed some of many golden 
hours, which might have been spent profitably to themselves and 
others. - Publisher Unknown 



THE BIBLE MONITOR JULY 1, 1973 

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DUTIES OF PARENTS 

When John, the forerunner of Christ, was born a very timely 
question was asked. Thei people said, "What manner of child shall 
this be!" (Luke 1:66). What parent has not also raised this question 
about his or her own children. If you had no control over your 
own children and how they would grow up, how risky it would be 
having them. But the fact is our children have been given us 
to be under our control and training longer than the offspring of 
any other creatures on earth. And what they turn out to be will 
largely be determined by what we do for them and train them to 
do for themselves. So the question is, "What are we giving our 
children?" 

Some are not, but most parents today seem extremely con- 
cerned about the physical welfare of their children. We make 
use of every discovery of medical science to keep them healthy and 
cure their ills. We also want them successful in this world. Parents 
are aware that some day the children will grow up and leave home. 
They will be on their own to make their way in a competitive world. 
So to give them an advantage here, we provide for as much education 
as they will absorb and that we can afford. We would not think 
of overlooking this. 

Nor would we overlook the social development our children 
need. This is important to most people. They want their children 
to be close friends with the right people in town that will help them 
to develop properly in getting along with others. Parents work 
and slave and plan from morning till night to give the children 
these temporal, secular, yet necessary advantages in the world 
but often overlook two of the most important needs of all children. 
I know of very few children personally lacking in these things just 
mentioned but I know of too many lacking in love and personal 
attention. How blind parents are who think cash, clothes, cars, 
and careers say it all and fully round out the child's needs and life. 
Too many of the healthiest children in town are starved for personal 
love and attention. How many sons would give a months allowance 
for just an afternon of their father's time, and how many daughters 
almost have to get an appointment with their mothers to talk with 
them about problems they have and often simple things that are 
so important to them. Few young people commit suicide because 
they are starving for food but many have who were starved for 
affection, attention, and personal concern from their parents. You 
may give your child everything but yourself, but if you fail them 
here the rest will matter very little. Nothing will return to you 
greater dividends than giving your children all of yourself and 
all of your time they want and need. 

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a sense of values of right and wrong. Notice this need as stated 
by Paul and observe where the responsibility is placed. "And, 
ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up 
in the nuture and admonition of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4) There is right 
and wrong in this world and 1 God deserves and reserves the right 
to determine that for the human race. Many reject Him and His 
values but they do it at their own expense. If you refuse to give 
your children a respect for God by the way you live and they grow 
up in your footsteps, you will have, not only yourself to account for 
but you will also bear a responsibility for their disrespect for God 
as well. Be honest fathers! Do you want your children following 
your footsteps in matters of right and wrong through life? There 
is a good chance they will whether you want it that way or not, and 
you know that's true. Listen to these words and consider what I 
have said to you. The writing is entitled: 

JUST LIKE HIS DAD! 

Well, what are you going to be my boy, 

When you have reached manhood's years? 
A doctor, a lawyer, or actor great, 

Moving throngs to laughter and tears? 
But he shook his head, as he gave reply 

In a serious way he said: 
I don't think I'd care to be any of them; 

I want to be like my Dad! 

He wants to be like his Dad! You men, 

Did you ever think as you pause 1 , 
That the boy who watches your every move 

Is building a set of laws? 
He's molding a life you're the model for 

And whether it's good 1 or bad 
Depends on the kind of example set 

To the boy who'd be like his dad- 
Would you have him go everywhere you go? 

Have him do just the things you do? 
And see everything that your eyes behold, 

And woo all the gods you woo? 
When you see worship that shines in the eyes 

Of your lovable little lad, 
Could you rest content if he gets his wish 

And grows up to be like his Dad? 

It's a job that none but yourself can fill; 
It's a charge you must answer for; 



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It's a duty to show him the road to tread, 

Ere he reaches his manhood's door. 
It's a debt you owe for the greatest joy 

On this old world to be had; 
This pleasure of having a boy to raise 
Who wants to be like his Dad! 
Friends, don't try to tell your child what to do, show him! 

— Facts of Faith 



OUR NINETEEN SEVENTY THREE CONFERENCE 

In North Platte, Nebraska 
Where the gathering takes place, 
Our nineteen seventy three Conference 
Begins with a word of grace. 

The people have gathered 
From far and from near, 
As done often before 
In the June of each year. 

There are elders and preachers, women and teachers 
Who come in the attitude of prayer; 
They all do their part in the work of the church 
Because these are the ones who really do care. 

There are the many young people 
Who some day will be 
The church of tomorrow 
If a tomorrow we see. 

The fellowship is heavenly, 
The services are inspiring; 
To be followers of Christ 
Is what we are desiring. 

After the glorious five days are ended, 
We take separate ways as homeward we go; 
We look to the day when we'll meet up in heaven 
If we never again meet here below. 

— Sister Sally Stauffer 



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PRACTICAL TEACHENGS OF JESUS 
- OUR RELATION TO GOD 

There is nothing in this world that men prize so highly as they 
do love. Moody said, "Show me someone who is alone in this 
world and has no one to care for or love him, and I will show you 
one of the most wretched beings on the face of the earth." 

Many of us think we know something of the love of God but 
man has to admit, and always will, that he has never found' out 
much about it. It is so far beyond his mind to grasp. 

Because of His great love, God made man. But man sinned 
Again God's love saved him. "For God so loved the world, that he 
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life." 

Since we are so near and dear to God and since He has done 
so much for us, we are naturally closely related to Him- "For as 
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God For 
ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have 
received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father The 
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children 
of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs 
with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also 
glorified together," Romans 8:14-17. 

Jesus is God's only Son and our Elder Brother. While here on earth 
He was a Perfect Teacher. Among His teachings we find many 
practical truths of our relation to God. By practical teachings we 
mean something that is taught that we can accept and live out in 
our life here on earth. 

We can in a measure see God in man. Gladstone said, "Man 
himself is the crowning wonder of creation" And someone else has 
said There is more mystery in the union of soul with the body than 
in the creation of the universe." 

But let us see what Jesus said to prove that in the Christian 
Ood is part of man. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God 
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you," I Cor 3. ■16? "Except 
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God," John 3:5. An example of God in man is found 
m Acts 13:22: I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after 
mine own heart." Do not undervalue anyone, as each person is 
a creature of God and His handiwork. God is everywhere 

Jesus, too, gave proof that we can find God in nature. "Consider 
the ravens: for they neither sow or reap; which neither have store- 
house nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ve 
better than the fowls? ... Consider the lilies how they grow; 
they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory 



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was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, 
which is to clay in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; 
how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith," Luke 12: 
24, 27, 28? "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firm- 
ament sheweth his handywork," Psalm 19:1. Have you seen God 
in your flower or vegetable garden, or in your wheat or oats fields? 
Look for Him there. Then take a look at the heaven; study the earth, 
the planets, and constellations. Notice how systematically they are 
working. Find God there. 

Do not the Old Testament and the New Testament themselves 
prove that God is in history? Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall 
pass away, but my words shall not pass away," Matt. 24:35. 

Many years ago God made and sanctified the Sabbath- Jesus 
taught, "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the 
sabbath." Our daily cares should be laid aside and the time on the 
Sabbath devoted to worship and holy meditation. "Remember the 
sabbath day, to keep it holy" is one of the greiat commandments. 
It is true that many go to the meeting house — they sing; they pray; 
and they worship. But one must be careful that it does not become 
form or habit instead of true heart worship. Each Sabbath morning 
should mean a new awakening for the christian — a renewed life 
in His service. Be conscious of God's day and of His presence. 
Harriet Ward Beecher said, "A world 1 without a Sabbath would be 
like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like 
a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole 
week" 

Jesus gave some very worth-while and practical teachings on 
seeking and knowing God. "Seek, and ye shall find." "Seek ye 
first the kingdom of God." "Come unto me all ye that labour and 
are heavy laden." "If any man will come after me, let him deny 
himself, and take his cross, and' follow me." "Ye shall know I am 
in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you." Many other Scriptures 
such as these can be found in His Word. 

We owe God obedience, faith, and righteousness. "We ought 
to obey God rather than men" Jesus said, "Ye are my friends, if 
ye do whatsoever I command you." This reference infers obedience. 
We can be righteous only by submitting ourselves into God's hands. 
All our own efforts at righteousness are in vain and are as dead 
works and filthy rags. But "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me." In Ephesians 6:14 we are told that the breast- 
plate of righteousness is a part of the Christian's armor. Without 
faith we cannot please God. In instances of healing Jesus said, "Thy 
faith hath made thee whole." The same can be true of our sin-sick 
souls- They can be made whole through faith in God. 

We must pray because God i,s our Father, and we are helpless 
and needy children. "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." 
"Pray without ceasing." "Watch and pray." When our pathway 



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seems dark we need to cry, "Abba, Father." As we have often 
heard and read and experienced, it is sweet to hear His voice, "It 
is I be not afraid." 

Jesus, then, taught that man can see and feel God every day 
of his life. He can see God in man, nature, science, and history, an-J 
because of his relationship to God he ought to seek to know Him and 
then deny himself, be obedient, righteous, and prayerful. 

Jesus gives us a good standard Measure yourself by God. If 
you want to know how big you are, compare yourself with God. If 
you want to measure your character, put it side by side with God's. 
If you want to know how good you ought to be, look at God." 
"Beloved, now, are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear 
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall 
be like him; for we shall see him as he is," I John 3:2. 

- Ruby P. Zook 
• • • # • • • 



THE VALLEY OF DECISION 

"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day 
of the Lord is near in the valley of decision," Joel 3:14. Every day 
of our lives, from the time we are old enough to understand until 
our mental capacities are taken from us, or death snatches us from 
time, we are confronted with decisions to be made Some are small 
decisions; some are important. The decisions we make affect our 
future lives, the lives of our family, friends, church, nation, and 
our eternal life. 

Many times problems come up, desire for worldly things push 
themselves forward and then we must make a decision on what 
course we are going to follow. Then if we have made the first and 
most important decision, to be a follower of the lowly Lamb of God, 
He will be our guide and example. He will guide us, through His 
Holy Spirit, into the ways of right, and He will lift up and forgive 
when we fall. As our above text states our Lord is near to help 
those who seek help and guidance. He is also near to chastise when 
the day of wrath shall come. Your happiness in this life, and your 
joy, or torment in eternity depend on your decision. Dear friend, 
whether you be a sinner, or a backsliding church member it does 
not pay to put off the duty of decision-tomorrow may be too late- 
You may have passed from this existence, or the Holy Spirit may 
no longer strive. Today is the day of salvation. "Today if ye will 
hear their voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation " 
Heb. 3:15. 

Our small decisions as well as our large ones will be guided by 



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our master— the Lord or Satan-perhaps unconsciously by us. This 
is true particularly if Satan be our master. It takes effort to go up- 
stream, but any dead fish can float down. The small things we do 
give others an insight into our soul. The wise man said it was the 
little foxes that spoil the vine, Song of Sol- 2:15. How does my life 
and your life look to the people we come in contact with? Do they 
know we have made decisions— wise ones, that were guided by our 
Master teacher? Or do we look like dead fish silently and surely 
floating down, down, down with the current of the world to the 
great gulf or ocean, to be lost forever. 

Moses chose to suffer affliction with his people and for God 
rather than to be called Pharaoh's son and inherit the heirship of 
a king's son. Any weakling could have stayed on in the king's 
palace and would have, but Moses possessed the courage to make 
a right decision and courage to carry it through. As a result God 
made him the great deliverer, to break the bonds of slavery and to 
lead a nation forty years in the wilderness to freedom. 

When God gave Solomon the choice to have anything he wished, 
the wide world lay at his feet just for the asking. I wonder how 
many people in thinking of Solomon have stopped and asked them- 
selves, "What would I have, asked for, had that been me?" Solomon 
thoughtfully, wisely, and promptly made his decision — that the 
Lord would give him wisdom that He might be able to rule his 
people wisely. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, so he 
promptly gave him wisdom above every natural person who has 
ever lived on earth, and he also gave him riches, honor, and all that 
a king could wish for. 

Another king, Ahab and his wife, also made decisions, but 
theirs were decisions in direct opposition to God's will, for their 
own earthly gain. Oh, how many people are disobeying God to 
gain the things of this world — riches, honor, glory, lust, worldly 
attire, etc. As a result Ahab's death was a tragedy and the dogs 
licked his blood. His wife Jezebel's death was also a tragedy 
because she worshiped idols (an idol may be anything we worship 
more than God), and she also painted her face (how about makeup). 
Yes, these were her decisions, and according to God's Word she was 
not buried, but the dogs ate her flesh. 

These are horroble mind pictures, you say. True, but how 
much less is God's Word today. His judgments are sure and His 
mercy will not last forever. Where will you and I stand in the 
judgment, when we are stripped of these wordly rags, pride, desires, 
pleasures, etc. and bow (yes bow) humbly before a just God who is 
equipped to pass a just and final sentence. 

Another king I wish to mention was king Saul who made an 
unwise decision. I think practically everyone knows the story, how 
he violated God's command to destroy all the Amalekites and their 



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stock. But he decided he had a better way, he saved the king alive 
and the choice of the cattle, to offer as a sacrifice to the Lord. Oh, 
how many people today are substituting worldliness here and world- 
liness there (better way so they think) and still profess to be worship- 
ing God by being regular attendants at church, in building fancy 
churches, and having socials, parties, etc. in their churches. Saul's 
life was required because he made disobedient decisions. What do 
you think of his eternal punishment? Does God's Word mean any 
less today than it did in king Ahab's or king Saul's time? We are 
living in a day of great opportunity in which we can make wise and 
obedient decisions. Which master will dominate our decisions? The 
answer is yours and mine. 

— Sister Ruth AA Snyder 

From March 1957 Bible Monitor 



A LETTER TO FATHER 

Well Dad, I hardly know what to say or how to say it. Remem- 
ber how I was when I was a boy? Sometimes I wondered why 
you wouldn't let me do some things: why the punishment; why 
all the regulations. 

I realize, and am very sorry for all the trouble I caused you and 
Mom. Sometimes you were up late, concerned wherei my friends 
and I were, or what we might be doing. There were times I back- 
lashed with tongue and actions, and it hurt you in a way that only 
a parent would know about. I didn't show the respect for you and 
our elders that I should have. That was funny! No, I only thought 
it was, for it was really stupidity. 

Sometimes there were hardships brought onto brothers and 
.sisters, only because of some stunt I had pulled or some wise saying, 
or just lack of respect again. How much easier it would have been 
if I had acted as a child' should act, by being obedient, and showing 
the love and respect that every child should show their parents- 

Really Dad, I'm sorry, and I ask your forgiveness, and ask you 
to pray that I may always be in the center of God's will. 

Lovingly, 
Your Son 

The above is a letter to father and mother that most anyone could 
write. A child, grown up to where he realizes the great responsibility 
of teaching a family, and knowing what a hardship he caused as a 
child, asks forgiveness and an interest in prayer, that we, the younger 
generation, may have the strength and patience to teach our children 



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the way of the Lord. 

Are we, as Christians, like a child in this manner? Do we cause 
hardships on brethren and sisters, and just because of selfishness? 
Do we show our elders the love and respect that we owe them? 
Have we backlashed our Mother (The Church)? Have we backlashed 
our Heavenly Father with tongue or actions? Do we really give the 
amount of time to our Father's business that we ought to? Remem- 
ber, like our earthly father, we wouldn't have anything, or be any- 
thing, or know anything, if our Heavenly Father wouldn't spend 
every day with us. Oh, Dear Christians, and young people, don't 
forget it: when we have been buried beneath this earth, that's it! 
We'll not be able to write Him a letter and say, "Please forgive me." 
The things we have done wrong will still be there. The reasons for 
not listening to Mother will look so foolish, we will be ashamed to 
even tell the Lord. The reasons for making hardships on brothers 
and sisters will look so foolish. We'll be so ashamed for not 
listening to Father and accepting His way- We'll shrink back, but 
we still have an appointment to meet Him, and we cannot cancel 
it out. 

Regardless of who you are or what your sins have been, you 
must still meet Him and confess your faults and shortcomings. Just 
like a child, when you had done wrong, you knew you would have 
to face father sooner or later and take the punishment. God loved 
us all and wanted' to make it possible that we could have the 
opportunity to spend eternity with Him, and so He sent His only 
Son to die in our place. The choice is yours and mine. If we accept 
Him, we are one of His children and are heirs of His kingdom. There 
we may spend a joyous eternity, where all is peace and joy and love. 

— Selected from The Vindicator 

STANDING TRUE - It is human to stand with the crowd, it is 
divine to stand 1 alone. It is manlike to follow the people, to drift 
with the tide; it is Godlike to follow a principle, to stem the tide. 
It i,s natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and 
religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to 
sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty. 

"No man stood with me, but all men forsook me," wrote the 
battle-scarred apostle in describing his appearance^ before Nero to 
answer with his life for believing and teaching contrary to the 
Roman world- 
Daniel stood alone, but God stood with him and brought him 
through his trial of faith more than a conqueror. — Selected 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

GOD DID IT 

Did you ever wonder how the world that you live in was made? 
Where the sun you see every day came from? Who made the moon 
and the stars that shine at night? What makes the green grass 
grow, the pretty flowers bloom? Who made the ocean and the 
rivers and the air we breathe? If you are interested in learning 
all these things and more — the first chapter in the Bible can tell 
you more than you can learn anywhere else. 

The Bible says that God made the earth and the air that is 
around it. When we want to do anything well, we want plenty 
of light to see what we are doing so in the beginning God said, 
"Let there be light," and there was light. Then God divided the 
light from the darkness, and God called the light day and the 
darkness He called night, and so ended 1 the first day. 

The second day God made the sky and the air we breathe. 

The third day God caused the water to be gathered together and 
the dry land to appear. The dry land 1 He called earth, and the 
gathering of the waters He called seas or oceans. Then God made 
the grass and -the trees and all the plants that we use for food. 

The fourth day God made the sun to give light by day and 
the moon by night — and He made the stars also. 

Then it was the fifth day, and God 1 made all the fish and big 
whales and everything that lives in the water, and He made the 
birds that fly in the air and ducks, chickens, turkeys, and little 
hummingbirds. 

The sixth day God made all the animals — cows, horses, dogs, 
cats, and all kinds of creeping things, like lizards and turtles — 
everything that we see, God made them all. After this God saw 
that everything He made was good and well done — but God wanted 
to do one thing more, and what do you suppose that was? God 
said, "Let us make man in our own image." So God made a man 
and woman and put man over all the animals, the birds, the fish 
in the sea and whatever that God had made. And God told the 
man that he could use the plants and the fruits of the trees for 
food. And God saw everything that He made, and behold, it was 
very good. — Brother Rudy Cover 

NEWS ITEMS 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Revival meetings have been scheduled for August 12-26, 1973. 
Brother Jack Snyder has consented to be our evangelist. Those 
who can are urged to attend. We request the prayers of all for 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord willing, Lovefeast will 



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be held on Saturday evening, the 26th. 

— Sister Edith Moss, Cor. 

NEWBERG, OREGON 

The weekend of April 13 and 14, the District Meeting of the 
Fourth District convened here in Newberg. We were greatly pleased 
for those who were able to come the long distance to be with us. 
The fellowship of those of like precious faith is sweet. 

Immediately following the District Meeting, on the 15th, Elder 
Emery Wertz of McClave, Colorado, began a series of meetings for 
us, closing the evening of the 22nd. The messages were earnest, 
spiritual, and helpful and long to be remembered by those who heard 
them. We pray that in due time, the good seed sown will bring 
forth choice fruit. We were glad for the presence of Sister Wertz 
and for her help in leading the singing. 

We were happy to have Brother Rudy Cover of the Ceres, 
California congregation remain with us and attend the meetings. 

Our communion service was held Saturday evening, the 14th, 
with Elder Wertz officiating. It was a sacred occasion. We appre- 
ciated the association and help from the different ones in making 
all of our meetings a success. We felt the presence of the Lord 
with us and thank Him for the encouragement which we each 
received. It was truly a time of refreshing. 

— Sister Elsie Harlacher, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation is looking forward to and invites 
you to attend our Revival Meetings. The Lord willing, they are 
planned for two weeks, starting July 22 and ending August 5, with 
Bro. Jack Snyder as the Evangelist. Pray for these meetings, and 
that we all will be drawn closer to Him, and that souls may be saved. 

— Sister Fern Ness, Cor 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

We held our Spring council in March. All business was taken 
care of in a Christian manner. 

The Dayton Church appreciated having the District Meeting in 
our congregation this year. It is a great spiritual blessing to fellow- 
ship with those of like preciour faith. We enjoyed the inspiring 
messages which were delivered during the meeting, and on the 
following Sunday. 

On May 19 we had our Lovefeast with Eider Howard Surbey 
officiating. We thank the ministers especially, and all visitors for 
their interest and help during these services. Let us all remain 
faithful that we may receive our reward at the end of the race. 

We are planning to hold a revival meeting, beginning August 
11, 1973 through August 19, 1973. Brother Virgil Leatherman is 



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to be our evangelist. Please remember these meetings at the Throne 
of Grace and come. 

— Sister Hilda Strayer, Cor. 

NOTE OF THANKS 

We wish to express our appreciation and thankfulness for all 
the wonderful cards and gifts for our fiftieth wedding anniversary, 
May 27, 1973. May God's richest blessings be upon you all. 

— Brother and Sister Harry Gunderman 

THANKS 

I wish to thank all the brethren, sisters, friends, and relatives 
for the prayers, get-well cards, and letters of encouragement. Also 
for the visits while I was in the hospital, and during my period 1 of 
recovery. Thanks again for all these kindnesses. 

— Sister Mary Keller 

OBITUARY 
OSCAR PRICE HARMAN 

Son of the late Solomon Lewis and Flora Elton (Harman) Harman 
was born January 11, 1893, in Flory County, Virginia, and departed 
this life enroute to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois, 
early Friday morning, May 11, 1973, at the age of 80 years. He 
had been in failing health several years, and seriously ill the past 
three days. 

On January 16, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mabel Lind 
at Astoria, who survives. 

Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Paul B. (Flora) Myers 
of Peru, Ind., Mrs. Herman (Elta) Blythe of Macomb, Mrs. Henry 
(Alice) Reed of LaHarpe, Miss Martha Harman, at home; one son, 
David of Industry; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle 
Wilcox, Mrs. Dorothy Keith, both of Floyd, Virginia, and Mrs. Mildred 
Suttle of Norris, Tennessee; and one brother, Foster of Edwards- 
ville, Illinois. His parents, one brother, and one sister preceded him 
in death. 

Brother Harman was baptized into the Topeka Church of the 
Brethren, Floyd, Virginia, in 1914 by Rev. Abe Hylton. He came to 
Illinois in 1917. During World War 1, he served 3 months and 11 
days in limited service. He became a charter member of the South 
Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, May 31, 1931, and was called to 
the ministry on October 15, 1950. To this office he was faithful 
until death. 

Funeral services were conducted May 13, 1972, at 1:30 P. M., in 
the South Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church. Elders George Replogle 
of Arcanum, Ohio, and Harley Rush of Converse, Indiana officiated. 
Burial was in the South Fulton Cemetery. 

— Sister Martha I. Harman 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

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Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

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R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

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Modesto, California 95350 
Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
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Floyd Swihart 

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Goshen, Indiana 46526 
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Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 
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Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 

James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 

William Carpenter 
209 Church Street 
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RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 1 88 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 501 67 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for hit 
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Lebanon, PA 17042 



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VOL. LI 



JULY 15, 1973 



NO. 14 



"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

KEEP ME TRUSTING 



Keep me trusting in the morning 

When the threat'ning clouds appear; 

May Thy promises, O Father, 

Fill my heart with hope and cheer. 

Keep me trusting still at noontide 
When the foe is pressing sore; 

Thou art able to deliver — 

Keep me trusting more and more. 

Keep me trusting as the shadows 
Deeper grow at eventide; 

May Thy perfect peace possess me; 
In my heart, O Lord, abide. 

Father, keep me trusting, trusting, 
Yielding gladly to Thy will; 

Though ten thousand foes surround me, 
Let me trust Thee and be still. 



Anonymous 



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WORKING FOR GOD 

"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who 
left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every 
man his work, and commanded the porter to watch," Mk. 13:34. 
Quite obviously Jesus was giving each one his work. Is there any 
reason why we should not live and act under the same responsibility? 

There is much for us to learn in the Christian life. The Scripture 
speaks of the mystery of godliness. Certainly there is an abundance 
of that with which to exercise our spiritual lives. We are admonished 
to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ." 

God gives us much to enjoy in this life. His blessings are 
rich and overflowing. Yet, too often, we do not avail ourselves of 
the blessings He wants to give us. Jesus said on one occason, 
"Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall 
receive, that your joy may be full, Jn. 16:24. Are we ever guilty 
of failing to ask for things God wants us to have? 

Of course we realize there are also troubles to endure. There 
are temptations and distresses. Christian people, for the most part, 
have suffered for that in which they believed. Paul was stoned at 
Lystra until they thought he was dead. It has often been true that 
Christians "must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom 
of God." 

There is much to be done in this life as long as we remain here. 
Obedience is the mark of discipleship. Jesus said, "If ye know these 
things, happy are ye if ye do them." Jn. 13:17. Moreover, we are 
admonished to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. 

Given in Eph. 6:1-10 are the relative duties of children, parents, 
fathers, and masters, according to our place in life. None are left 
out. Then we are admonished to be strong in the Lord and in the 
power of His might. 

Each one of us has a work to do. It is the responsibility of the 
ministry to preach and teach the Word, that the church may be 
built up. It is also their duty to baptize, to assist elders in anointing, 
to perform marriages, and to officiate at communions. 

It is the function of deacons to serve as stewards in attending 
to the temporal needs of the church, to serve at communions, to 
visit the sick and care for the poor. 

There is opportunity for all to be useful in the Lord's service as 
His service covers a large sphere. None are without talent. But 
you say, "I can't teach." Have you ever tried it? Others say, 
"I can't write." Have you tried? Are you willing to accept a 
challenge — that of asking God to lay upon your heart that which 
He would have you do? 

The text tells us every man had his work. Should it not be 
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to know what his work is. The attitude of Saul at the time of his 
conversion should be an example to us, "Lord, what wilt thou have 
me to do ? 

When the Apostle Paul was called to preach to the heathen he 
conferred not with flesh and blood," but went immediately 
Samuel, when he thought Eli called, said, "Speak Lord, for thy servant 
neareth. I Sam. 3:9. He was instant in answering one whom he 
thought was man. Should not we move even more quickly when 
Ood speaks? ' 

If God would have us work for Him, should we not go about the 
task cheerfully? It seems our minds should be willing and our spirits 
ready to do His will if we love Him. 

Then of course we should go about our efforts for Him earnestly 
fervently and constantly, for His work is to go on continually through 
all seasons and in all circumstances. 

As we go about doing the work God gives to each, we must 
do so humbly remembering our imperfections and that whatever 
we do is to be for His honor and glory. 

In working for God it is necessary to rely on His grace. It is 
to be sought and relied upon for without Christ we can do nothing 

In the text, the porter's responsibility was to watch for the 
return of the Master that he might open the door when the Master 

C T-f \u VV )Ur res P° nsibilit y to be working for His cause and kingdom 
until that time. 



When men speak ill of thee, so live that nobody will believe th 



em. 



The world's reformers look to the crowd. The believers look to 
the cloud. 



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WHY DISCARD THE OLD FOR THE NEW? 

". . . Ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk 
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls," Jeremiah 6:16. 

The tendancy in this modern age is to throw away the old, discard 
it, try something new and different — something not yet proven to 
be good. We can see these trends in almost every phase of life 
— education, politics, religion. 

How are these new tendencies going to affect the future or our 
people individually, or the country as a whole? A former president 
once stated that the nation in which we live became great as a 
result of accepting and' putting into practice what is now considered 
"old and outmoded": old virtues of religion, a love and reverence 
for the things of God; old virtues of truth, integrity, honorable 
principles in public services and other areas of society; old virtues 
of obedience to those in authority, respect for law and order. 

Those are the virtues that made America great. The value of 
those things has not changed, but the minds of men have changed. 
And the teaching of the "new morality" in the place of the "old" 
certainly has not brought about any improvement in society. 

Warning Given 

Warning has been sounded that if our country loses the old 
virtues that made it great, the ""lights" can go out in our land as 
it has in other nations in the past. History tells us of nations that 
have suffered because people who once honored God had forsaken 
old virtues. 

We are aware of the defeat that came to the Israelites from 
time to time when they forsook the way of the Lord. 

Truth Revealed 

One time after Josiah was made king of Judah, men were 
making way to repair the house of the Lord when a man cried out, 
"I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord." It 
had been lost — right in God's house. When the words of this 
Book were read before the king, he recognized what had brought 
trouble upon the people and said: "Great is the wrath of the Lord 
that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened 
unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is 
written concerning us," II Kings 22:13. 

Whenever the people would turn from idolatry back to God, 
restoration and peace would come to their land. 

Conditional Promises 

In the Book of Jeremiah we are told that if a nation would turn 
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it and bless it; and if God had spoken good 1 concerning a nation, 
to build it up, and that nation did evil and obeyed Him not, then 
the Lord would repent of the benefits He had 1 promised the people, 
and evil would come their way. 

When the Lord told 1 the people to ask for the old paths, where 
is the good way, and walk therein, and find rest for their souls, 
what did they say? They said, '"We will not walk therein." "We 
will not hearken." As a result God had to pronounce evil against 
them. 

True and Tried Way 

Throughout history we read of great revivals, and then periods 
of drifting toward apostasy, and this has always had its effect upon 
nations. It would be well for us in these days to turn to the old 
paths and walk therein, so that we migh find relief from that which 
burdens us in these turbulent days. God's way is the only way that 
will bring peace and harmony. 

The trouble, unrest, and tension that exists today would be 
greatly reduced — possibly be a thing of the past — if people 
would only turn to the old, true, and tried way. 

The old is not right merely because it is old. But if something 
that is old has been tried and has proved to be a good path to 
follow, why not walk therein and find rest for the soul? 

— Selected from Christian Contender 



LABOR 

I believe most of us know what it means to labor, however, I 
will give a few definitions from my dictionary. 1. Physical toil; 
bodily exertion. 2. Intellectual exertion. 3. That which requires hard 
work for its accomplishment. 

I notice that in the Holy Scriptures it is spelled labour, but it is 
my opinion that it means the same. Mankind has had to labor ever 
since sin entered the Garden of Eden. Even so we will have to labor, 
both physically and spiritually as long as we are in this present 
world. I mean of course, if we are physically and mentally able to 
do so. 

Now what are we to labor for? Eph. 4:28, "Let him that stole 
steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the 
thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." 

I do not see anything in the above Scripture that says we should 
labor so we will have money to spend on fine clothes, fine homes, 
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meant just what he said. What are you and I doing about it? 

If you will read II Thess. 3:7-13, you will find what the Apostle 
Paul thought and did about it. He labored so that he would not 
be chargeable to them. He did it as an example to them and to 
us also. He also said if any would not work (labor) he should not 
eat. So also if we do no spiritual labor (and to do spiritual labor 
we must have spiritual food) we 1 are not worthy to eat at the Lord's 
Table. 

The dictionary gives work as a synonym for labor, so let us see 
what the Lord Jesus had to say about labor. AAt. 5:16, "Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and 
glorify your Father which is in heaven." Where do we get that 
light? Psa. 27:1, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom 
shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I 
be afraid?" So now we can see where our light comes from, so 
let us labor spiritually so that our deeds and conversation do not 
hide this light. 

Good works or labors tend to summon others to their tasks. 
Heb. 10:24, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love 
and to good works." Then, too, Titus tells us in Tit. 22:7, "In all 
things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing 
uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity." 

We see by the above how to show our good works. James 
2:17, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." 
He also says that works is the way to show our faith. It is my 
opinion that he means spiritual works. 

If we claim to be faithful and spiritual and are not, we are 
liars and the Word tells us who our father is. The Lord Jesus in 
speaking to the Church at Ephesus in Rev. 2:2 says, "I know thy 
works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not 
bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they 
are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars." 

However, works or labor are not enough. Mt. 7:22,23, "Many 
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in 
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name 
done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, 
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." 

Let us then strive not to be in that number just mentioned, 
but "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered 1 unto 
the saints." And keep the commandments the Lord Jesus gave us, 
EVERY ONE OF THEM, not because we have to, but because we 
love Him as He first loved us. 

— Your Unworthy Brother, Willard Beam 
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A FEW SCATTERED THOUGHTS 

In my youth I was encouraged by and enjoyed the religious con- 
versations of the older brethren. I would often wonder what 
religious thoughts prevailed in the minds of .some of those members 
from whom I heard no expression. But the daily example of those 
near me, and their words in and out of the worship service, left a 
profound impression on your unworthy servant. 

At present I am made to wonder, is my daily life giving forth 
an equal example to encourage and inspire our youth to earnestly 
serve the living Lord? 

Have I taught my children, by precept and example, that the 
accumlation of this world's treasures, is not an end 1 itself, but an 
effective means to be used to the glory of the Lord and to promote 
His cause here below? Are not our talents to be developed and 
used to serve our Lord and help our fellowmen? What is our 
purpose here? 

Do I use my skill, or service, to the best of my ability, whether 
tradesman, professional man, merchant or salesman, in strict integrity? 
Do I ever ask myself if I would be pleased to be the recipient of the 
merchandise I daily furnish at the price I ask of my customers, or 
the clients I serve? Or would I willingly pay the price I receive 
for the quality and quantity of labor I now perform for my employer? 
If not, do I love my neighbor as myself? 

In Mark 12:29-31 we find 1 where Jesus answered one of the 
scribes thus, "The first of all the commadments is, "Hear, O Israel; 
the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy 
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength:' this is the first commandment. And the 
second is like, namely this, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' 
There is none other commandment greater than these." (See Luke 
10:25:28; Deut. 6:4-10.) In Luke 9:23 we read, "And He said to 
them all, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and 
take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save 
his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, 
the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain 
the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whoso- 
ever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the 
Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, 
and in His Father's and of the holy angels.'" 

Am I willing to don fashionable clothing or to wear that which 
would be for fun or other purposes? And then on the other hand, 
am I ashamed to consistently dress in a plain and 1 modest cut of 
clothes to please our Lord? Are we not called to make a full and 
unconditional surrender of our carnal desires, lusts, and personal 
ambitions to the will of the Lord? Should we not make a full 



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commitment to worship our Saviour and love our fellowmen as 
ourselves? 

II Cor. 10:4,5 says, "(For the weapons of our warfare are not 
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds,-) 
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth against 
the knowledge of God 1 , and bringing into captivity every thought to 
the obedience of Christ." 

When a serious matter is up for decision, such as a case of an 
offending brother, do I allow my personal, fleshly self to answer? 
Perhaps he is my chum, or I am prejudiced. But do I love the 
sinner and hate the sin he is accused of? John 8:10, 11. Do I 
seriously and prayerfully ask for and give the Spirit's suggestion, 
rather than my own personal choice, when it comes to filling an 
office in the Church, or any other serious question that needs to 
be answered? Am I impatient to cast out an offender and forget? 
Or will I shield a close friend 1 in the flesh, rather than try to save 
his soul? Will I knowingly reject the Spirit's promptings and give 
my own answer? 

With all our strength let us prepare and keep ourselves in pliable 
form, ready always to be molded and guided in the form and 
shape the gracious Lord desires. This will be accomplished only 
through the Spirit dwelling in us. Then we shall desire and be 
ready for the great and precious promises the apostle speaks of 
in II Peter 1:4, along with many others. Truly, "Holy men of" God' 
spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 

How can some men say God is dead, when we have so many 
of Christ's own words and an uncounted number of affirmations 
from His personal witnesses testifying to His divinity? So many 
marvelous things are planned for the faithful that mortal cannot 
comprehend or yet appreciate. See II Cor. 5:1; I Cor. 15; I John 3: 
1,23; John 17; etc. 

When sorrows and problems get beyond the depth of tears, 
where do we turn? Do we seek the advice and solace of modern 
and popular ministers and the wisdom of this world, or do we seek 
the comfort and guidance of the Saviour's soothing words? See 
chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17 of John; also the Psalms. Blessings 
are promised to the faithful throughout the Bible. 

When we get discouraged, let us think of that old favorite hymn 
which says, "Think what Spirit dwells within thee; Think what Father's 
smiles are thine; Think what Jesus did to win thee, Child of heav'n 
canst thou repine?" 

— Selected from The Vindicator 



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TEARS 

On Wednesday morning a few minutes before nine as I was 
leaving the conference grounds tears came to my eyes. A few 
minutes later, traveling west on Interstate 80, I glanced off to my 
left. Seeing the conference grounds and twenty or thirty brethren 
and sisters grouped outside the tabernacle, tears again came to my 
eyes. Why? Could it have been because for me this was the end 
of another General Conference? I was leaving behind the blessings, 
joys, and the love and wonderful fellowship of the past few days. 
I also had to wonder if we will be privileged to meet at another 
General Conference. If the Lord tarries another year, will we in 
America have the freedoms we do today? Will we be able to 
journey and meet as we have in the past? 

Since I was traveling alone I had much time to think and my 
mind began to wander. Soon my thoughts paused on the evening 
before. Again the tears came. I was remembering the close of the 
missionary sermon. The invitation had been given and was seemingly 
ignored. A few minutes later another invitational hymn was sung. 
This time one dear soul yielded to the Saviour's call and came forward. 
What a blessing to witness such an event. Possibly as touching as 
seeing this young girl go forward were the remarks of our dear 
elder brethren behind the pulpit as they commented and gave 
account of past experiences. But as I traveled on the tears of joy 
turned to sorrow. One precious soul was changed, but how many 
doors was the Saviour knocking on? How many in the audience 
let Satan control their emotions and talk them into resisting one 
more time? I wonder how many will read this and remember the 
call they ignored! 

Let us, brethren and sisters, pray for those who have not yet 
accepted Christ. There will be many revival meetings this summer 
and fall, possibly some who are resisting will yield then. 

Let us also begin to pray for next year's General Conference, 
if we are permitted to have another. If those of you who were 
present received even a fraction of the joys and blessings that I 
have, think what next year may bring if we begin to pray now. 

- Brother Roger Swihart, R. 1, Quinter, Kansas 67752 

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FISHING 

Jesus said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men " 
Matt. 4:19. 

When we think of fishing we think of patience, quietness, and 
alertness. We must wait for our fish, sometimes hours, along the 



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banks of a stream, but the sight of a fish on our hook is a thrilling 
reward for our patient effort. We forget the mosquito bites and 
sunburn. 

When we fish for men's souls it also take's much waiting and 
alertness. How do we prepare ourselves to be fishers of men? 
The usual way of starting is to attend church. 

After years of attending church, if we wonder why our life 
or our efforts have brought no results we can consider these questions: 
Are we good listeners? Why do we go to church? Do we go for 
Sunday school and then leave? Do we go to take part in the singing 
and nothing else? Are we like the man who went fishing to see 
a sermon? As he waited for a fish to take his bait, he observed 
the beauty of nature about him, the bright sunshine, the sweet singing 
of the birds, lovely flowers and wooded hills, and the clear running 
stream before him, he concluded he had seen a better sermon than 
if he had been in church. 

Many of us have experienced the same happiness of God's 
presence in the beautiful world of nature. But what would happen 
if all of us went fishing to see our sermons instead of going to 
the house of God to hear them? 

In a sense we are "gone fishin" if we sit in our seat in church 
and don't give the minister our whole attention. Some will say, 
"but that preacher isn't a very good talker." That may be true 
because the Bible teaches us "there are diversities of gifts, but the 
same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the 
same Lord," I Cor. 12:4-5. Some ministers may have more talent 
than others, but those of lesser talent sometimes in one sentence 
give us much to think about, to comfort and inspire us. 

I feel if we prayed devoutly for a minister who has a small 
talent and ask God to give him grace we would all be edified. 
Some think it is terrible to sit through a dull half-hour or less if 
the minister isn't going to say anything. How do we know he won't 
say anything valuable? 

When we go fishing we have no idea whether we will catch a 
fish or not. Yet we are perfectly willing to sit on the hard rough 
ground or stand in muddy water, patiently endure hot sun and all 
sorts of discomforts for hours hoping a fish will take our bait. If 
we leave the fishing line unattended we sometimes lose a fish. 

In the same manner, if we do not listen carefully, the minister's 
good words are lost and we have no idea what he was attempting 
to tell us. Did you ever stop to think a minister might have this 
thought — "What is the use to study and prepare a message, no 
one will listen anyway." A minister can feel the power of prayer 
just as he can feel the power of inattention. 

As listeners, to learn how to be fishers of men, we owe our 
prayers to God and to His servant, the minister, that all may profit 
spiritual ly. — Sister Elta K. Blythe, 822 W. Calhoun, Macomb, Illinois 



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BE STRONG 

When God spoke to Joshua after the death of Moses He said, 
". . . as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, 
nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that 
thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses 
my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or 
to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest," Josh. 
1 :5,7. God spoke in a positive manner. 

I love this Scripture. Today God 1 speaks to us in many ways. 
One day after a storm, I went outside to view the lawn; many 
weak branches were broken off the elm trees. It is said the mighty 
oak is king of the forest because it grows strong and upright. There 
is a large oak tree which was planted years ago beside our church 
building in Englewood. It is beautiful and I love to look at it. How 
it has defied the storms of weather, showing to us the great strength 
of the oak. 

Have you thought about the fir tree? It bends with the storm, 
never losing a branch, and thus returns to its natural position, more 
beautiful each year. What a beautiful lesson from nature. 

God wants us to be strong in the faith, and not carried about 
by every wind of doctrine. 

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong," 
I Cor. 16:13. What does this message mean to us? Be men and 
women in the Lord, watchful of self, steadfast in the faith, growing 
stronger in the faith, and be not as weak branches. 

There are many clouds of discouragement to try the strength 
of our faith in God. You who go to the mountains for renewal of 
physical strength, at times the mountains are hidden by fog or mist 
but back of the fog and mist you know the mountains are there 
and you travel on. 

The clouds of bereavement may seemingly hide our view of 
God. As with the mountain, you know God is there. He promised 1 
never to leave us or forsake us. 

What a sight to behold the blue sky above the white clouds as 
we were sailing along enroute home from General Conference! At 
once I was reminded of the song: 

"Look above the clouds, where the sun doth shine! 
Keep your faces turned to the light divine; 
Hid'en in the folds of each sorrow lies, 
Something grand and sweet, as a glad surprise. 

Troubles may oppress, but across the sky, 
Gleams a rainbow bright when storms pass by; 
Tho' for His dear sake you may suffer loss, 



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You shall win a crown if you bear a cross. 

Look above the clouds, sing a song of praise, 
Trusting in His love thro' the gloomy days; 
Joyful bear your load till the setting sun, 
Heaven's morning dawns when life's work is done. 

Look above the clouds! God is reigning still, 
Trusting in His love, do His blessed will; 
Look above the clouds! there His sun doth shine 
Over all the world, with a light divine." 

This is reality. 

To our dear young people — our God is real, His salvation is 
real, His love is real. And how may we experience this? 

By rising above the sinful things of this life, accepting His 
plan of salvation, and letting the Lord Jesus Christ come into your 
heart and dwell there. He will walk with you; He will talk to you. 
Always listen fo the still small voice to speak to you. Then you 
can go to Him in prayer when you are faced by the clouds of 
discouragement and doubt. The unfaithfulness of those you relied 
on here — these are the storms of life to try our faith. 

Grow beautiful and stately like the fir tree, which does not 
loose its branches. 

May we in the later years of life be strong in the faith, being 
examples to our neighbors, friends, and our young people. 

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power 
of his might," Eph. 6:10. Please study Ephesians, chapter 6. 

— Sister Sylvia E. Parker 

5290 W. St. Rt. 718, Troy, Ohio 45373 

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WHEN TO BE ALARMED — If you find yourself enjoying any book 
more than your Bible, or loving any person more than Jesus Christ, 
or seeking fellowship of men more than that of the Holy Spirit, or 
coveting any pleasure more than prayer times, or reverencing any 
house more than God's house, or being satisfied at any table more 
than at the Lord's table, or delighted with any prospect more than 
the return of the Lord Jesus THEN be alarmed! 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE 

The second chapter of Genesis tells us how God did some of 
the things that are told about in chapter one. God formed man out 
of the dust of the earth, and then God breathed into man the breath 
of life and man became a living soul. Man was made in the image 
of the form of God. He was God's highest creation on this earth. 

God wanted the man that He had formed to have a beautiful 
place to live so He planted a garden — not a garden like we think 
of — but a place in which were all kinds of trees that were pleasant 
to look at with flowers of all colors and shapes, fragrant and of great 
beauty, foliage that would give shade, all kinds of fruit trees so 
that man could have something to eat. In this wonderful place there 
was a river which watered the garden, and it was so large that it 
divided into four rivers that went out in different directions. It 
must have been a very large place ind'eed! So God took the man 
and placed him in this beautiful place to live and to take care of 
the garden. 

And God made all the animals and birds out of the ground 
and brought them to the man, Adam, and whatever Adam called 
them, that was their name. How would you like to name all the 
birds and animals? I think I would run out of names, wouldn't you? 

Adam must have been a pretty busy man with all the garden 
to care for and naming the animals, but with all this, Adam got 
lonesome. God had made male and female of all the animals, but 
for Adam there was no mate. So God caused Adam to go to sleep. 
Then He took out of Adam one of his ribs and closed up the flesh 
so that it would heal nice and smooth. Out of this rib of Adam, 
God made a wife for him. She was a beautiful woman that Adam 
could love and talk with — one who could help him to enjoy the 
wonderful place that God had made for them to live in. 

This place was called the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that 
there was mist that went up to water the whole face of the earth. 
1 suppose there were waterfalls, springs, rivers and brooks, flowers, 
ferns, majestic trees, birds of all descriptions, animals that were 
tame — everything peaceful — the best of food to eat, tasty and 
full flavored. I'm sure that we've never tasted anything to compare 
with the fruit Adam and his wife had in that beautiful garden that 
God made. Wouldn't you like to live in a place like that? 

— Brother Rudy Cover, Modesto, California 



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NEWS ITEMS 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Goshen Congregation will hold their revival 
meeting August 12 through August 26, 1973, beginning with a 
Harvest meeting. Brother Paul Hartz of Palmyra, Pennsylvania will 
be the Evangelist. 

Our fall Lovefeast services will be Saturday, November 3, be- 
ginning at 2:00 P.M. 

We invite all to come enjoy these services with us. 

— Sister Maxine Swihart, Cor. 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

We, the Bethel Congregation, were privileged to enjoy another 
Lovefeast occasion on Sunday, April 29. Visiting ministers with 
us during the day were: Elder Laverne Keeney, Elder Allen Eberly, 
and Brother Jack Snyder, all of Lititz. In the evening 146 surrounded 
the Lord's table, with Brother Jack Snyder officiating. 

Since our last report, we were made happy when two precious 
souls were baptized into the church. Let us pray for them that they 
may hold out true and faithful to the Lord. One brother especially 
needs our prayers for he has a hard battle to fight as his parents 
are Catholics and do not approve of the stand he has taken. 

The Lord willing, we plan to begin a revival meeting August 12, 
and continue for two weeks. Elder Laverne Keeney has consented 
to be with us. Pray for him and the meetings that the Lord's will 
be done — that the Word may be preached, souls may be saved, 
and the church strengthend. All are welcome. 

— Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I want to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the 
brethren and sisters for their prayers, visits, cards, flowers, and 
gifts during my stay in the hospital and since my return home. 
May the good Lord bless you all. 

— Sister Margaret Dayhoff 

THANKS 

I wish to thank all for their kindness, cards, gifts, and visits, 
and especilly for the prayers for my recovery while in the hospital. 
I thank the Lord for His healing power. May the Lord bless each one. 

THERE ARE BLESSINGS IN EVERYTHING 

Blessings come in many guises 
That God alone in love devises, 
And sickness which we dread so much 



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Can bring a very "healing touch" — 
For often on the '"wings of pain" 
The peace we sought before in vain 
Will come to us with "sweet surprise" 
For God is merciful and wise — 
And through long hours of tribulation 
God gives us time for meditation, 
And no sickness can be counted loss 
That teaches us to '"bear our cross." 

— Sister Ellen Keeney 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I wish to express my thanks to all who have prayed for my 
recovery. Please continue to remember me in prayer at the Throne 
of Grace. 

— Sister Mildred E. Demuth 

OBITUARY 

DAVID BASHORE 

Son of the late Isaac and Leah Etter Bashore was born March 14, 
1890, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and departed this life at the 
Good Samaritan Hospital, on May 10, 1973, at the age of 83 years, 
1 month, and 26 days. 

His wife, Sarah Bross, preceded him in death. 

He is survived by one sister, Maria Bashore, and 1 a number of 
nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held May 13, 1973, at 1:30 P.M., at 
Rolands Funeral Home in Lebanon, by Ammon B. Meyer and Elder 
David F. Ebling. Internment was at Wolfe's Union Meeting House 
Cemetery. 

We will miss Brother Bashore's faithful attendance in the house 
of the Lord. 

— Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST, 1973 

Aug. 5 — Hannah's prayer conserved. I Sam. 1:19-28 

Aug. 12 — Hannah's song of Thanksgiving. I Sam. 2:1-11 

Aug. 19 - Sins of the sons of Eli. I Sam. 2:12-26 

Aug. 26 — Judgment of God against Eli and his offspring. 
I Sam. 2:27-36 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR AUGUST, 1973 

THE LAND OF CANAAN, PROMISES AND FULFILLMENT 



Memory Verse, Gen. 12:5 

And Abram took Sarai his 
wife, and Lot his brother's 
son, and all their substance 
that they had gathered, and 1 
the souls that they had gotten 
in Haren; and they went forth 
to go into the land of Canaan; 
and into the land of Canaan 
they came. 

Wed. 1- Gen. 11:1-32 

Thurs. 2 - Gen. 12:1-20 

Fri. 3 - Gen. 13:1-18 

Sat. 4 - Gen. 15:1-21 

Memory Verse, Gen. 17:8 

And I will give unto thee, and 
to thy seed after thee, the 
land wherein thou art a 
stranger, all the land of 
Canaan, for an everlasting 
possession; and I will be their 
God. 

Sun. 5 — Gen. 16:1-16 

Mon. 6 - Gen. 17:1-27 

Tues. 7 - Gen. 21:1-34 

Wed. 8 - Gen. 22:1-19 

Thurs. 9 — Gen. 23:1-20 

Fri. 10 - Gen. 24:1-28 

Sat. 11- Gen. 24:29-67 

Memory Verse, Gen. 50:24 
And Joseph said unto his 
brethren, I die: and God will 
surely visit you, and bring 
you out of this land which he 
sware to Abraham, to Isaac, 
and to Jacob. 
Sun. 12 - Gen. 25:12-34 
Mon. 13 - Gen. 26:1-35 
Tues. 14 - Gen. 27:1-46 
Wed. 15 - Gen. 28:1-22 
Thurs. 16 - Gen. 29:1-35 
Fri. 17 - Gen. 32:1-32 
Sat. 18 - Gen. 33:1-20 



Memory Verse, Exod. 6:4 

And I have also established 
my covenant with them, to 
give them the land of Canaan, 
the land of their pilgrimage, 
wherein they were strangers. 
Sun. 19 - Gen. 35:1-29 
Mon. 20 - Gen. 37:1-36 
Tues. 21 - Gen. 46:26-34 
Wed. 22 — Gen. 50:1-26 
Thurs. 23 - Exod. 6:1-13 
Fri. 24 - Exod. 16:1-36 
Sat. 25 - Num. 13:1-33 

Memory Verse, Exod. 16:35 
And the children of Israel did 
eiat manna forty years, until 
they came to a land inhabit- 
ed; they did eat manna, until 
they came unto the borders of 
* the land of Canaan. 
Sun. 26 - Num. 33:50-56 
Mon. 27 - Deut. 32:1-26 
Tues. 28 - Deut. 33:27-52 
Wed. 29 - Josh. 5:1-15 
Thurs. 30 - Josh. 24:1-28 
Fri. 31 - I Chron. 16:1-36 

Memory Verse, Josh. 5:12 

And the manna ceased on the 
morrow after they had eaten 
of the old corn of the land; 
neither had the children of 
Israel manna any more; but 
they did eat of the fruit of the 
land of Cannan that year. 
Josh. 24:3 And I took your 
father Abraham from the 
other side of the flood, and 
led him throughout all the 
land of Canaan, and multi- 
plied his seed, and gave him 
Isaac. 



Bertha Dorsey 
R. 1, Box 229 
Salisbury, Pa, 15558 

BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI AUGUST 1, 1973 NO. 15 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 

OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and j OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Scriptural in practice. the world and preach the gospel. 

OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THERE WAS A CALM 

The adverse winds blew against my life; 

My little ship with grief was tossed 1 ; 
My plans were gone — heart full of strife, 

And all my hope seemed to be lost — 
'"Then He arose" — one word of peace. 
"There was a calm" — a sweet release. 

A tempest great of doubt and fear 

Possessed my mind; no light was there 

To guide, or make my vision clear. 

Dark night! 'twas more than I could bear — 

"Then He arose," I saw His face — 

"There was a calm" filled with His grace. 

My heart was sinking 'neath the wave 
Of deepening test and 1 raging grief; 

All seemed as lost, and none could save, 
And nothing could bring me relief — 

"Then He arose" — and spoke one word, 

"There was a calm!" It is the Lord 1 . 

— Unknown 



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WISE OR FOOLISH 

In the parable of the ten virgins we have that which should 
stir us to the greatest care and diligence to be ready for Christ's 
conning. Jesus likened the Kingdom of Heaven to these ten virgins 
who went forth to await the Bridegroom's coming. Jesus, Himself, 
is characterized as the Bridegroom. 

The virgins represent the Kingdom of Christ, therefore are fol- 
lowers of Christ and friends of His. The term, virgins, is intended 
to show the loveliness and the purity of those who are followers 
of Jesus. It also follows that those who love Him will want to 
please Him by obeying Him. 

There were differences in the virgins. Five were called foolish 
and five were called wise. No doubt the five wise virgins were 
earnest and sincere and prepared for the future. They knew what 
was expected of them and prepared accordingly, even to taking 
extra oil should the Bridegroom tarry. 

On the other hand, the five foolish virgins had their lamps but 
had no oil for future needs. Certainly, they were unwise. They 
were thinking only of the present. Many seem to get along quite 
well in life on a mere profession, but how is it when the realities 
of life overtake us — when we are faced with death, judgment, and 
eternity? 

Then came a period of waiting. We all know that waiting is 
difficult and tiring. Apparently the Bridegroom didn't come as soon 
as expected. Almost twenty centuries have elapsed and still He 
has not come. Yet there have been those in each generation who 
have looked for His coming, even the early Christians. If He tarries 
there is a good reason. Perhaps there are many purposes to be 
fulfilled such as the calling of the elect. Perhaps the saints' patience 
is to be tried and God's patience manifested. The harvest is not 
yet ripe or it would be gathered in. However these things may be, 
we are assured the Lord shall come in due time. It is our responsi- 
bility to be ready at all times. 

We read that as the Bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and 
slept. Whether the wise virgins sumbered and the foolish slept is 
uncertain, but both were at fault for not watching. We also recall 
that it was difficult for Jesus' disciples to watch with Him one hour. 
The Church at Ephesus had worked and labored diligently, yet were 
told, "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou 
hast lost thy first love." It is quite possible that we may lose our 
original zeal and become negligent in our duties although all love 
is not lost. Are we as zealous as we should be today? 

At last the proclamation was given, "Behold, the bridegroom 
cometh; go ye out to meet him." The Bridegroom came at midnight 
when the day of probation was ended, before the day of eternity 



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dawns. All the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps, but alas! 
The lamps of the foolish had gone out and they had no more oil. 
They begged the wise virgins to give them oil but they would not 
for there was not enough oil for all. There is a day coming in which 
all shall go forth to meet Him, prepared or unprepared. In that 
day there will undoubtedly be many who hated the strictness of 
religion but would now be grateful for its comforts. 

Because the foolish virgins had not made adequate prepration, 
they were not permitted to be in the procession. The wise have 
no oil, no grace, no merit, no righteousness to benefit others. "For 
unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: 
but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which 
he hath." 

The wise virgins who were ready entered in with the Bridegroom 
to the marriage and the door was shut. Their faith was realized in 
sight, and they are to be forever with the Lord. 

The saddest words we could ever hear from the lips of the 
Master would be, "Verily I say unto you, I know you not." Dear 
Reader, if we have not so done, let us prepare for eternity. Let the 
Christian live for that. Let us do all things in reference to that 
great event. ""Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor 
the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." 

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Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented 
of; in nothing on which you might not pray the blessing of God; in 
nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your 
dying bed; n nothing which you might not safely and properly be 
found doing if death should surprise you in the act. —Baxter 



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THE DUNKARD BRETHREN CHURCH 
WHERE, WHAT, AND WHY? 

The history of religion since the time of the Apostles of Christ 
has been a history of different opinions. These various opinions 
have brought many wars, especially in Europe, which was the 
most aggressive part of the world. These wars had their influence 
in America also, because America was largely settled by people 
from Europe. 

Many religious beliefs still exist over the world. Only part of 
the religions use the Holy Bible as the basis of their faith. As we 
consider the religions, especially in Europe and America, the out- 
standing faiths are Protestant, Catholic, and perhaps Greek Orthodox. 
Even these faiths rely on different versions of the Holy Bible. We 
need to keep in mind that all religions do not accept God in 
Heaven and His Son as their Saviour. 

As we consid'er the background of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
we must consider the Holy Bible as its foundation, as we have nothing 
else to build upon with certainty. To avoid confusion from the 
many versions of the Holy Bible in existence today, we base our 
faith and practice upon the King James version, as it has been 
proven through centuries to be the most authentic. Also let us 
keep in mind the effect of war in moving people around and in the 
changing of authority and boundaries of nations, because there have 
been many wars and most of them of religious background. 

From the history of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles, 
we shall jump to 313 B. C, when the Emperor Constantine, by the 
Edict of Milan allowed Christianity by law, because the Roman 
Empire was still in control of most of the known world. In the 
year 962 it was incorporated as the Holy Roman Empire, with the 
Pope as supreme authority. This authority held tight control until 
the fifteenth century and is often spoken of as The Dark Ages. This 
power was political as well as religious, with strict influence over 
those in authority in the various provinces or divisions of territory. 
By this time communications among nations had increased, relations 
among nations had developed largely through wars, and free-thinking 
had developed among individuals. Also a feeling of religious and 
political unrest was growing, largely against the authority and 
practice of the Catholic Church. Religion was on the decline; 
protest and political influence was voiced by many leaders. The 
printing press was developed in its primitive stage. People were 
being enlightened and began to speak and write their own minds. 
Thus reformatory beliefs began to affect more people and influence 
movements. 

It might be well to consider just what influences, some within the 



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Catholic Church itself, were influencing the religious trend. 1. The 
belief that each individual must answer for his own sin. 2. One 
cannot be forgiven by paying money to some authority or by aiding 
the authority to pursue its purposes; this is often spoken of as selling 
indulgences. 3. Also, at the Sacrament, the withholding of the cup 
from the communicants. 

In 1517, Martin Luther, a priest in the Catholic Church and 
Professor of Theology at the University of Wittenburg nailed his 95 
Thesis on the church door for others to read concerning what he felt 
needed reforming in the Catholic Church. Luther felt many rulings 
of the church were not directly based on the New Testament teachings 
and other direct teachings of the New Testament were not sufficiently 
emphasized by the church, such as salvation by faith through the 
grace of God and justification by faith. 

His aim was not to start a new movement but to clean up the 
old. He was misunderstood and after several threats and hearings 
before Catholic authorities, Martin Luther was excommunicated from 
the church in 1520. The Elector of Frederick had Luther secretly 
taken to his castle to study or else he would have been killed. 

Soon others from Germany, Switzerland, and Holland grouped 
together establishing beliefs which opposed the Roman Catholics. 
The country was divided into many little plantations or provinces 
and ruled by a certain Count, Knight, or in large plots Kings, with 
one having certain laws and others different ones. It can thus be 
seen how one favored a certain thinking and another an entirely 
different way. In 1555, at Augsburg, Germany, various Protestant 
groups were established as separate faiths and each to a certain 
location under whose friendly rule they could practice their religious 
faith. Often one Protestant faith opposed another causing some to 
again migrate. From all this came the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), 
for freedom of religion. This was a very cruel and lingering war, and 
it is claimed that what is now Germany suffered for 200 years, as a 
result of this war. 

In 1563 at the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church ruled that 
sin could not be forgiven for money only. In many places, those 
who did not give full support to the Catholic Church or who aided 
those who left, were fined or otherwise punished. A peace treaty 
was signed at Westphalia, giving religious liberty to three religious 
faiths, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Catholics. Also the treaty separated 
the power of the churches and the political governments. 

Many groups sprang up with various beliefs. Those not of the 
three churches were nicknamed Pietists, we might say marked, and 
had to be very careful where they gathered. A true Pietist forgot 
pride and self and imitated Christ. They carefully avoided immorality 
and accepted the New Testament as their guide. At many places 
the giving of a meal or a night's lodging to a Pietist resulted in a 



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fine or prison term. The spirit of Christ and obedience to the New 
Testament was coming to the front in individual thinking. Many 
forbade personal adornment, luxury, worldly amusements and even 
earthly comforts as unChristlike. 

Count Henry ruled a part of Westphalia, Germany in which was 
Schwarzenau. He was friendly to almost all who would come into 
his domain. It became a haven for religious dissenters and other 
Count's were displeased that Count Henry received and was able 
to rule so many subjects, 

Alexander Mack came to Schwarzenau in 1700. He recommended 
strict adherence to the New Testament, the baptism of adults, and 
the literal observance of the ordinances of the New Testament. 
Quoting a small part of his letter to Count Henry, when other Count's 
rebuked him for sheltering so many religious believers: 

Gracious Lord and Count, Since an order has been issued from 
the chancellery of the court, in the first place that Eva Liss, a poor 
widow, together with her daughters shall leave the country, and 
that I too shall leave the land of my gracious lord, and whoever 
shall give me a night's lodging shall pay a fine of 5fl., I feel myself 
urged to write to the lord count these few lines, and to have him 
reconsider before God, the judge of the living and the dead, whether 
these proceedings are taken according to the will of God, who has 
established governments to punish the bad and to protect the good. 
In respect to the first, Eva Liss has been at the chancellery, and has 
been questioned, but not found guilty of any misdeanor which would 
give the authorities the right to persecute her: on the other hand, 
I have not even been examined or questioned about the nature of 
my faith, much less been convicted of any misdeed. — Alexander 
hAack, a member of Jesus Christ. (Studies of Brethren History, Floyd 
Mallott, p. 296) 

While worshipping under the protection of Count Henry, eight 
souls, five men and three women, decided to follow the command- 
ments of the New Testament as closely as possible. They decided 
they must be baptized by triune immersion in the river. They also 
decided not to reveal who did 1 the first baptizing. Alexander Mack 
had been leading in worship and it seems he was baptized first in 
the Eder river in Germany. Afterwards Mack baptized the other 
seven. This beginning grew in numbers, but their success was soon 
hindered by the death of Count Henry and they were ordered to 
leave the province. 

They found refuge in Creyfelt, Germany, under the rule of 
the king of Prussia. Here they continued to grow but persecution 
soon came. Many of them had spent much for fines, some were 
imprisoned and some sent to the galley's. Alexander Mack was a 
miller and it is claimed he spent much of his wealth paying their 
fines. Soon they moved into Holland, hoping for greater religious 



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liberty. 

In 1719, Peter Becker and about fifty came to America, and 
landed at Philadelphia, having been offered religious freedom by 
William Penn, who was seeking colonists to settle in his part of 
America. They were so glad for religious liberty that not much 
effort was made to organize a church. They simply visited one 
another and worshipped together. It was decided they needed an 
organized church to carry out the ordinances of the New Testament. 
In 1723, a church was organized at Germantown, Pennsylvania, just 
north of Philadelphia (now in the city). Problems soon arose, some 
wanted to live a single life, some wanted to worship on Saturday, 
and some did not want an organized church. 

Correspondence continued with the church in Europe and more 
decided to come to America. In 1729, Alexander Mack and about 
two hundred members came to Philadelphia. They practiced their 
various trades, built homes and branched out towards the south and 
west of Philadelphia. Christopher Sower and son set up a printing 
press at Germantown and printed the first Bibles in America. As 
more people landed in America, church growth was hindered by 
their pushing west and south to obtain cheaper land, building of 
homes, and establishing a livelihood. Statistics show a larger growth 
in the church after each war that America experienced. Perhaps a 
rejoicing for peace and the prosperity resulted from each war spurred 
the church to greater activity. 

Coming largely from Germany and practicing triune immersion 
the church held the name of German Baptist Brethren until the year 
1908, when it was changed to Church of the Brethren. Though the 
church experienced almost complete religious liberty in America it 
was confronted with many problems throughout its history in America. 
The problems of America to a great extent affected the problems of 
the church, such as industrial revolution, wars, development of the 
cities, and changes of communication and transporation. 

The devoted Pietist attitude of the church in Europe slowly 
evolved over two and onei-half centuries into a selfish do-as-you 
please attitude, striving to gather the necessities and even the desires 
of life. 

The brotherhood was tried and challenged with at least eight 
divisions in 250 years. Some of these divisions survived the others 
did not. Perhaps each branch of the church has been affected 1 to 
some extent by the changes in the living and thinging in America. 
Each branch, who understand themselves better than others do, could 
profit by a sincere evaluation of themselves as compared to the 
devoted, humble desire to avoid all immorality; accept all of the 
New Testament and live as near like Christ as each is able to (as 
the Piestist's did in Europe). Has our religious liberty come too 
easily? Have we used it to the honor and glory of Christ our Saviour? 



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Since we are laboring to note these scattered thoughts for a 
better understanding, especially Where, What, and Why of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church, we shall close with a few thoughts on the reason 
for that division: omission of the Holy Kiss by the mother church, 
practice of anointing other than members, church participation in 
games, plays, performances, and unions that are manifestly sinful, 
use of musical instruments in the house of God, lack of a distinctive 
form of dress, permitting worldly attire, gold rings and bracelets 
by either sex, lack of the use of church discipline in order to keep 
the various congregations in line with New Testament teachings and 
the accepted practices of the church. 

II John 8-11, "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things 
which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Who- 
soever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath 
not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the 
Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this 
doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." 
— Brother Howard J. Surbey, 749 W. King St., Littlesrown, PA. 17340 



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THE SALOON BAR 

A bar to Heaven, a door to hell — 
Whoever named it, named it well! 

A bar to manliness and wealth, 

A door to want and broken health. 

A bar to honor, pride and fame, 

A door to sin, grief and shame. 

A bar to hope, a bar to prayer, 

A door to darkness and despair. 

A bar to an honored, useful life, 

A door to hatred, envy and strife. 

A bar to all that's true and brave, 

A door to every drunkard's grave. 

A bar to joy that home imparts, 

A door to tears and aching hearts. 

A bar to Heaven, a door to hell — 

Whoever named it, named it well! 

— Selected by Sister Florence Noecker 



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THE HOLY SPIRIT - A BOSOM FRIEND 

What would our souls do without the Spirit of God? What 
would the church do? She would have no tools with which to do the 
work Christ has set before her. She would be like a painter who 
had a job to do but had 1 no paint or brush to do it. 

As we make this study of the Holy Spirit together, I hope that 
we will see Him more as a person than we have. Have we seen Him 
as much a person as the Father or the Son? He is not a power or 
force we use; He is a person who uses us. 

In Acts 8, we have the account of one who wanted to use the 
power of the Spirit. He wanted to buy this power with money. 
But he needed to repent. We do not use the Spirit, but as we humble 
ourselves and the Spirit gets hold of us, He will use us. Our part 
is to be emptied of self. 

Lake Ontario is 326 feet below Lake Erie. Because of this fact, 
we have the powerful cataract at Niagra, which produces electricity 
for big cities like New York and Boston. The disciples were told to 
wait until they were endued with power from on high. We need 
to get down in humility so the power can come. We are much 
like the generating plant at the falls. If it were not for the power 
produced from on high, we would not be able to supply needs 
of the people about us. We are called to generate and give forth 
and this can only be done by power from on high. We can do nothing 
without the Holy Spirit. 

It is very important that we know by the Spirit's indwelling that 
He is a person. We need to know Him personally. And if He is 
our friend, we will be very careful not to grieve or offend Him. 
Suppose you were in a dark cave with only a candle to guide you. 
Others were with you, depending on you to give them a safe 
passage out of the darkness of light. How careful you would be 
that this light would not be extinguished by a sudden crossdraft 
from another passage, such as one often finds in caves. How 
closely you would protect and guard this light and hold it close to 
your bosom. Similarly, we need to be so careful that the Holy Spirit 
is not put out of our lives, and ourselves and others lost in darkness. 

Personal pronouns are used in the Word when speaking of the 
Holy Spirit — clear proof that He is a person. You would not speak 
of a force by the masculine pronoun "He." 

Personal Characteristics of the Holy Spirit, 
(a) He has knowledge (I Corinthians 2:10,11). (b) He has a will 
(I Corinthians 12:11). (c) He has a mind (Romans 8:27). (d) He 
loves (Romans 15:30). (e) He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). One 
cannot grieve a force. We grieve friends. 

The Holy Spirit is susceptible to personal treatment. !f ! were 
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and likely go away in time. So it is with the Holy Spirit. He will 
not remain with us if grieved too long. 

Personal Acts of the Holy Spirit Recorded, 
(a) He searches (I Corinthians 2:10). (b) He speaks (Revelations 
2:17). (c) He leads (Romans 8:14). (d) He comforts (John 14:26). 

One of the Three Persons of the Godhead. 
The Great Commission speaks of Him as one of the Trinity. We give 
one example of God speaking in the Old Testament that was ascribed 
to the Spirit in the New, to show that God the Father and God the 
Spirit are interchangeable. Compare Isaiah 6:8-10 with Acts 28:25-27. 

His Divine Attributes. 
These are exactly the same as those of the Father and the Son. (a) 
Eternal (Hebrews 9:14). (b) Holy (Ephesians 4:30). (c) Omnipresent 
(Psalms 139: 7-10). (d) Omniscient (I Corinthians 2:10, 11). (e) 
Omnipotent (Luke 1:35). 

The other day in town I noticed that the snow on the peaked 
roofs of some of the houses was melting and sliding off. But on 
some houses the snow still lay as it had fallen. I wondered what 
the difference was. I could only conclude that in some of the houses 
warmth from within was causing the snow to melt, while in others, 
insulation, perhaps, kept the snow from melting. Where the warmth 
of the Spirit is within the heart, the coldness of sin is melted and 
falls off. So may the Spirt of God be felt within us. 



Alvin Shafer 



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EVIL SPEAKING 

In James 4:1 1 we read, "Speak not evil one of another, brethren." 
This would seem to be one of the more difficult of God's command- 
ments. But it is not because God has not left us without witness. 
He tells us very clearly in His Word that evil speaking is not for 
the Christian. Let us turn to some of these verses and ask God to 
write in our hearts so that we will be reminded of our duty the 
next time that we are tempted to speak evil of another. 

Titus 3:22 says "to speak evil of no man." Do we really want to 
obey fully? Notice it says, '"No man." I would emphasize the 
word no because Satan would tempt us to make some exception 
and we would say, "Yes Lord, except so and so." Let us not make 
exceptions. God does not. 

Turn with me to another verse — I Peter 2:1: "Wherefore laying 
aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all 
evil speakings." Does not this mean and include the very least? 

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil 



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speakings, be put away from you, with all malice," Ephesians 4:31. 
"Put away" implies resolute action in the manner. Have we ever 
tried to put away all? Does He give us room to cherish even one 
little hidden root of bitterness from which the evil speaking springs? 
Hebrews 12:15 says, "Looking diligently ... lest any root of bitter- 
ness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." 

The royal law is even broader. Zechariah 7:10b anl 8:17: 
"Let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart," 
and "Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; 
and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith 
the Lord." 

One of the characteristics of true love is that it "thinketh no evil," 
I Corinthians 13:5. In Philippians 4:8 it says, "Finally, brethren, 
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatso- 
ever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things 
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any 
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Since the 
words of our mouths are first formed in our minds, we can best 
keep from evil speaking by cultivating good thoughts and "casting 
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against 
the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to 
the obedience of Christ." impossible? No, praise God, it is not 
impossible! 

For the man "that will love life, and see good days, let him 
refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile," 
I Peter 3:10. Or, would we rather be defiled by an unbridled 
tongue? "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great 
things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the 
tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our 
members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the 
course of nature, and it i,s set on fire of hell," James 3:5,6. 

It is asked in Psalm 15:1, "Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? 
who shall dwell in thy holy hill?" Part of the answer to this 
important question is in verse 3: "He that backbiteth not with his 
tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach 
against his neighbor." 

In II Peter 2:10-12 and Jude 10, in speaking of evil men, it says 
that they "speak evil of dignities," and "of the things they under- 
stand not,"and "of those things which they know not." Now, dearly 
beloved, let it not once be truthfully said that we go along with 
such things. But rather, "Debate thy cause with thy neighbour him- 
self; and discover not a secret to another," Proverbs 25:9. "Speak 
not evil one of another, brethren," James 4:11. "Moreover if thy 
brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between 
thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy 



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brother," Matt 18:15. Remember, true love never exploits the sins 
or failings of another. But someone may ask, "What about cases 
in which wrong doing must be spoken of for the sake of truth and 
justice?" Remember, we are to speak the truth, Ephesians 4:15. 
Not what we suppose to be the truth, or which will best prove our 
case, but the truth! "In love." Does all our testimony stand this 
test? "In the name of the Lord Jesus," Collossians 3:17. Would 
not this check many a word against another? And also, "to the 
glory of God," I Corinthians 10:31. 

We should also watch and guard against the negative form of 
evil speaking. We have an example of such in the life of Absalom. 
Who would charge him of "speaking evil of dignities"? And yet, 
even though he did not say it in so many words, by his words, and 
actions, he was speaking evil of his father David. "Speak not evil 
one of another, brethren." 

— Selected from Christian Contender 



TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR TEEN-AGERS 

1. Don't let your parents down; they brought you up. 

2. Be humble enough to obey; you may give orders someday. 

3. Choose companions with care; you become what they are. 

4. Choose only a date who would make a good mate. 

5. Guard your thoughts; what you think, you are. 

6. Be master of your habits, or they will master you. 

7. Don't be a show-off when you drive; drive with safety and arrive. 

8. Don't let the crowd pressure you. Stand for something, or 
you'll fall for anything. 

9. Go to church faithfully; make the week's first steps the church 
steps. 

10. To Christ be always true; He gave His all for you. 

— Selected by Sister Blanche Eberly 



Children have more need of models than of critics. 



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PRECIOUS PROMISES 

I believe the experience has come to many of us that the promises 
of the human family at large are undependable. I believe all true 
Christians should put forth every effort to fulfill their promises. 
Are we standing on the precious promises of God? They will never 
fail us. 

The Psalmist David said, "How precious also are thy thoughts 
unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them, Psa. 139:17. "There- 
fore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, 
and thou shall stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious 
from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee: 
but return not thou unto them," Jer. 15:19. 

We need the way of truth and righteousness to prosper. "Where- 
by are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that 
by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped 
the corruption that is in the world through lust," II Pet. 1:4. How 
many today have promised to live faithful and are overcome by evil 
lusts. "That the trial of your faith, being more precious than of 
gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto 
praise and honor and 1 glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ," 
I Pet. 1:7. 

Today we see a falling away from truth and righteousness. 
Under the law of Moses, children were to honor and obey their 
parents in the Lord. We are commanded anew in the saving Gospel 
of Christ with a promise of well being and long life. Many have 
suffered in this life and had a short stay here because of disobedience. 
The wages of sin is suffering and death, the gift of God eternal life. 

May we cling to that which is eternal life. Death and misery 
are in the way of the unrighteous. "For all the promises of God in 
him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us," II Cor. 
1:20. We have the precious saving Gospel. Its instructions will 
lead us to become heirs of His precious promises. Sin is very 
destructive. Through it many suffer in this life but the worst is 
yet to come. "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who 
through faith and patience inherit the promises," Heb. 6:12. 

Which have we chosen: the way of sin and folly or the precious 
promises of God through His Word? "And this is the promise that 
he hath promised us, even eternal life, I John 2:25. The eternal 
life in the great beyond is far too great to fullu realize in these 
robes of flesh. 

- Brother J. F. Marks, R. 3, York, Pennsylvania 17402 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

SATAN CAUSES MAN TO SIN 

God had created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful 
place to live. They had everything that was good to eat and to 
look at, beautiful flowers and trees, water and grass — everything 
was just right. But God had told them there was one tree that 
they should not eat the fruit of. It was called, "the tree of the 
knowledge of good and 1 evil." This was the only thing, as far as 
we know, that God told them not to do. 

God and Adam and Eve were friends. They walked and talked 
together in the beautiful garden that God had made. God also 
had an enemy and his name was Satan. One day Satan showed Eve 
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve told Satan that 
it was the tree that God had said, "You shall not eat of it, neither 
shall you touch it or you will die," 

Satan does not mind telling lies if it serves his purpose, so he 
replied, "You won't really die. God just told you not to eat of 
it because He knows that if you do, then you will be like gods, 
knowing good and evil." 

Eve looked 1 at the tree and saw the beautiful fruit on it. It 
looked like it was good to eat and if it would make one wise and 
know so much — surely God didn't really mean what He said. So 
she ate some of the fruit and gave some to Adam. 

As soon as they had eaten, something happened that had never 
happened before. The Bible says, "The eyes of them both were 
opened, and they knew they were naked." So they sewed fig leaves 
together and made themselves aprons. It wasn't very long till they 
heard the voice of God in the garden. I suppose it was like He 
had done many times before. But this time Adam and Eve were 
afraid and hid themselves among the trees of the garden. Afraid 
of their best friend! 

God called Adam and said, "Where are you?" 

Adam answered God, "I was afraid because I was naked and 
I hid myself." 

And God said, "Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded 
you not to eat of? 

So Adam blamed his wife and his wife blamed Satan, so by 
disobeying God Adam and Eve sinned. They were driven out of 
that lovely place God had made for them. They had to work hard, 
they got tired, had troubles, got sick and finally died — all because 
of sin. 

For this reason, Jesus, God's only begotten Son, came into this 
world to die that we could have our sins forgiven — if we only 
obey Him. 

— Brother Rudy Cover 



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NEWS ITEMS 



DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

CORRECTION 

teach";™ ^ T d ° f u Christ dwel1 in Y™ richly in all wisdom; 

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 

spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord " 
Colossians 3:16. 

The Dallas Center, iowa Congregation plans a two week revival 
meeting August 19, 1973 through September 2, 1973. Brothe 
Jack Snyder of Lititz, Pennsylvania will be our Evangelist 

We mvite you to come learn and sing with us. Please pray for 
our strengthening and the saving of those we love. 

— Sister Juanita Reed, Cor. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
The North Lancaster County Congregation plans a two week 

of V the wTt F 9 ,; Star S 9 S ,!P tember 2 < 197 3- Elder Edward Johnson 
of the West Futon, Ohio Congregation will be the Evangelist 

meetings 6 ** " invitation ' to all who can, to attend these 

— Sister Susanna B. Johns, Cor. 
NOTE OF THANKS 
I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal 
thank you to all the sisters at General Conference for the gift tha 
was given in my behalf. I'd also like to thank all for the p ayers 
and pettions that were offered during my surgery. I feel sure the 
prayers were heard and answered, for . am recuperating very well 

- Sister Velda Gunderman 
NOTE OF THANKS 

I wish to thank all the brethren and sisters and friends for 
then- p ayers, cards, gifts, and flowers received during my stay in the 
hospital and since my return home. 

I can only thank you but may God bless every one of you I 
still need your prayers for my complete recovery. ' 

— Sister Bertie Reed 
THANK YOU 
I want to thank each one for their kindness, cards, and visits 
£r2 '" "" ""^ '<" "■" —V. M»y God £% 

— Brother Delma Stump 
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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
R. Reed, Secretary 
1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 
R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



Kay 
R. 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte„ Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Bllssfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



W. S. Heed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 

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VOL. LI AUGUST 15, 1973 NO. 16 

"For the faith onoe for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



"LORD, BE THOU MY HELPER" 

Psalm 30:10 

I do not ask for calm, still waters, 
Or for pastures green and fair, 

But as I face the tempest's fury, 

Lord, I plead Thy presence there. 

I do not ask a sunlit pathway. 

Or for a life-road free from fear, 

But as I walk mid earth's darkness, 
Guardian of my soul, be near. 

Oh, hold me, Saviour, closely to Thee, 
Fill my heart with Thine own grace, 

That through the fear and desolation 
1 may see Thee, face to face. 

When darkened skies and raging billows 
Will but prove how strong Thou art, 

And all the dreadful shades of night, but 
Draw me nearer to Thy heart. 

— Sel. from The Vindicator 



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HOW ARE WE BUILDING? 

Near the close of the sermon on the mount Jesus said a time 
would come when those who have done evil shall be separated from 
His presence. What a terrible disappointment to those who shall 
hear the words, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work 
iniquity," Matt. 7:23. Surely there is no one who would want to 
hear those words! How then may we avoid hearing them? 

In the parable of the builders, Jesus is speaking of two classes 
of persons: those who hear and do, and those who hear and do not. 
Notice in both cases, the parable concerns those that hear. How 
fortunate we are that we may hear as God speaks to us, through the 
written Word or the spoken Word. It isn't sufficient, however, to 
be only hearers of the Word; we must be doers of the Word. "For 
not the hearers of the law are just before God 1 , but the doers of the 
law shall be justified," Rom. 2:13. If we are bearers only, we are 
deceiving ourselves. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers 
only deceiving your own selves," Jas. 1:22. 

If we are doers of the Word, then there are duties we must 
perform. There are also things we must not do. We dare not forget 
God's "Thou shalt nots." Neither is it sufficient to hear and to think 
about the Word, or to hear and talk about the Word, we must hear 
and do the Word. James says, "For if any be a hearer of the word, 
and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding hi,s natural face in 
a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway 
forgetteth what manner of man he was," Jas. 1 :23-24. 

Each one of us is building whether we are hearers only or hearers 
and doers. When we are building a house in the temporal sense, we 
put forth much effort and build the best we know how. We start 
with a good foundation that is deep enough and srong enough to 
withstand the freezing, the rains, and the winds that are inevitable. 
We know that the house can be no stronger than its foundation. 
Men take so much care in building in the temporal sense, how much 
more important it is that we build our spiritual house, our hope of 
Heaven, on a sure foundation. 

We have a Rock provided for our foundation, "Now therefore 
ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the 
saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation 
of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief 
cornerstone," Eph, 2:19-20. We live in a day when there is much 
cheap construction, in which men "cut corners" in trying to make an 
easy dollar, and to beat the competition. Let us beware in our 
spiritual building that we do not try to cut corners. There is no 
bargain except that which is built to last. 

As we start to build on this foundation, it is very important that 
we coninue the erection of our building in an approved manner. 



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In the building of a house, we wouldn't leave out a joist here and 
there, or space the studding too far apart, or be careless in putting 
the shingles on the roof. How disappointed we would be if the 
floors sagged or the roof leaked. It is up to us in our spiritual 
building as to whether we "build upon this foundation gold 1 , silver, 
precious stones, wood, hay stubble," I Cor. 3:12. Dear Reader, we 
may be assured that the rains shall descend and the floods shall 
come, and the winds shall blow. In the spiritual application, this 
testing could take various forms, perhaps even that of persecution. 
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare 
it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every 
man's work of what sort it is." I Cor. 3:13. 

We notice that this parable of the builders comes at the close of 
the sermon on the mount. This leads us to believe that it is necessary 
for us to observe and obey Jesus' teachings if we are to have a house 
that will stand, and whereby we shall not hear "I never knew you: 
depart from me, ye that work iniquity," Mark 7:23. 

How sad it is that there are so many building upon the sand. 
How many there are who are trying to cut corners feeling this, that, 
or the other is not necessary. Let us follow the "blueprint." Let 
us not try to cheapen our building. Let us build such that when the 
storms come, when the time of testing is upon us, we have a shelter 
of refuge. The foolish man had no refuge when he needed it most. 
Let us build not only for time, but also for eternity. 

God is not only a present help in time of trouble, but a great 
help in keeping us out of trouble. 

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what 
you fall for. 



THE BIBLE MONITOR AUGUST 15, 1973 

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NOTES FROM 1973 CONFERENCE 

Notes from 1973 conference 

Conference for 1973 is history but I believe everyone present 
feels that God was brought a little closer to each one there. 

The Maranatha Camp will be long remembered for its beautiful 
setting. The eighty acres all pictured the hand of God and man 
had not spoiled the beauty. The pine trees on all sides make a 
cool retreat on warm days. The beautiful lake added to the picture 
and gave the young folks entertainment between services. 

The attendance was exceptionally good, especially our young 
folks. They are to be highly commended for their conduct and 
their attendance at each service. As we looked at the group in 
some of their special services we felt that the Dunkard Church will 
be left in good hands as the older folks finish their life's work. May 
God bless each one of them and help them to accept their responsi- 
bility. 

Opening song of the Conference, led by Brother Harley Rush 
was "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go." How fitting and what 
a challenge. 

Morning Worship Saturday A.M. was conducted by Brother 
Harley Flory reading the entire chapter of Proverbs 3. The principles 
given by King Solomon apply just as much to us in the twentieth 
century as to those for whom he wrote them. Since inflation has 
taken over, God's principles are worth even more because they 
have not changed. Read verses 5 and 6. 

Saturday P. M. 

Song leader: Brother Wolf. 

Devotions: Brother Pease. 1 Peter 1:1-3. Our hope comes from 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

First speaker: Brother Herman Jamison. Text: Matthew 13:44. 
There are two kinds of gold in this world, yellow and black. The man 
in Matthew sold all to buy the field. Many interested in black gold 
invest large sums in land to put oil wells on. Sometimes it is all 
an absolute failure. Heavenly treasures never fail; they are spiritual 
mines. We must have the passion of the old gold seekers to find 
the treasure of heavenly gold. Our equipment is an humble heart, a 
heart of love, also courage and endurance. We must forget all of 
the world to find God's treasure. Gold must be refined and God 
is our refiner. We must present ourselves humbly and holy. 

Second speaker: Brother Milton Cook, Subject: "Jesus Wept." 
Text: John 11:32-44. 

The story of Lazarus is a great story, teaching a great lesson — 
the lesson of the resurrection. Lazarus' life is a picture of Christ, 
His life (ministry), His death (cross), His resurrection (Easter). John 
11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible and yet so very expressive. 



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Why did He weep? First, in sorrow over Lazarus; second, in com- 
passion for Mary and Martha; third, in love; fourth, over the necessity 
for death; fifth, over thei great number in sin; sixth, over the un- 
belief of believers; seventh, because so many do not avail themselves 
of the resurrection. Jesus' love and concern is just as great for us 
today as when Lazarus died. 

Closing thought by Brother David Kegerreis. Let us seek the 
pearl of great value. 

Saturday Evening 
Song leader: Brother Larry Andrews. 
Opening: Brother George Replogle. Text: Psaims 111. 
Speaker: Brother Melvin Roesch. Subject: God's Prinicpal 
Purpose for this Age. Text: Acts 15:7; Acts 26:15-18. 

John the Baptist prepared people for the coming of the Lord. 
God prepared Peter and Paul in a special way to bring the glad tidings 
to the Gentiles. 

The parable of the ten virgins shows us the necessity of being 
ready for Christ's coming. God alone knows when He will come. 

The story of the widow casting her two mites in the treasury 
and Christ's praise of her proves that we can do much for Him even 
without riches. This age is money-mad but God reaches out and 
wants each one to be saved. 

We are all in God's school and a lot depends on what He wants 
us to learn. 

Baiaam was a double minded man but he that humbleth himself 
shall be exalted. 

Sunday A. M. 

Devotions: Brother Harley Flory. Text: St. John 9:1-12. 

It was a touch of the Master but obedience was necessary to 
get the blessing. 

First speaker: Brother Dale Jamison. Subject: The Power of 
the Indwelling Christ. 

Second speaker: Brother Vern Hostetler. Subject: That Woman 
Jezebel. Text: Revelation 2:18-29. 

We may all be the church of Thyatira, Revelation 2:12-14. 

Jezebel the most wicked woman in the Bible. 

The Nicolaitans were dragged out of immorality and brought 
into the Church. Carnality was brought in by Jezebel, also spiritual 
adultery. The One-World Church belongs to Jezebel. 

Try the spirits. The still small voice of God can't be heard in 
all the noise. We need our closet. Jezebel has a pair of shears. 
As long as we as a Church live in simplicity she can't shear. Sports 
are brought into the Church by Jezebel. 

What is spirituality? It is being lovingly obedient to the Word 
of God. Prayers will not be answered if we are not obedient. We 
•' : ll not be judged by notions but by the Word of God. 



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Closing remarks and prayer by Brother Emery Wertz. 
Sunday P. M. 

Song leader-. Brother James Kegerreis. 

Opening: Brother Paul Blocher. 

Questions: Where art thou? What shall I do with Jesus? Whom 
do men say I am? Whom do you say I am? What shall we do with 
Him? 

First speaker: Brother Jacob Ness. Subject: What do you Want? 
Text: Luke 18:28-43. 

The human heart has many WANTS. God has promised our 
NEEDS but not all our WANTS. The FBI has a list of the most wanted 
wrongdoers. The following things may be the most important 
WANTS in our life — self, possessions, lust, education, prestige, and 
pleasure. Our values are confused. Our wants affect our lives 
and if we want the wrong things they pull us from God. 

The prodigal wanted and then found want. "Set your affection 
on things above not on things on the earth," Colossoans 3:2. 

Do our wants take us closer to Christ? The wants of life so 
often crowd out higher things. What do we want for the next twelve 
months for the Church? For our families? For ourselves? 

Second speaker: Brother Ray Shank. Subject: Christ's Yoke. 
Text Matthew 1 1 :25-30. 

Be not unequally yoked 1 together with unbelievers. There are 
divers doctrines. Christ is the end of the yoke of the law. Too 
many Christians are on a pleasure trip. Love not the world. 

Closing remarks: Brother Harley Rush. 

God knows what is best in our lives. If burdens are heavier 
than you can bear take them to God. Our wants that we didn't get 
will draw us closer to God. 

Sunday Evening 

Song leader: Brother Floyd Haldeman. 
Opening: Brother William Root. Quoting Galatians 3:24-27; 

II Timothy 3:16. 

Brother Root has made God's Word a big part of his life and 
even in his blindness it is still his comfort. Let's thank God for our 
eyesight and make God's Word a part of our daily life. 

First speaker: Brother James Kegerreis. Text: Ephesians 4:1. 

We were all doomed to sin and destruction. A great change 
comes in our lives when we are born again. We have cast our lot 
in the Dunkard faith and we believe we are baptized as Christ was 
baptized. 

The world has Satan and 1 his works but they are not good enough 
for the born again Christian. In these latter days Satan has offered 
everything but the fact that God is. Whosoever doeth the will of 
my Father the same is my brother and sister and mother. The Church 
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made us sons and daughters by His great love. 

Second speaker: Brother Robert Carpenter. Subject: Reality. 

What are we doing with reality? I Corinthians 2. A search for 
reality goes beyond science. We won't find 1 it in a farm in Kansas, 
in a mine in Alaska, or in money spent on pleasure. God is REAL. 
How real is the Word of God? We must face reality now or in the 
judgment. We must accept the whole Bible. 

Closing remarks and prayer by Brother W. S. Reed. 
Monday Morning 

Song leader: Brother Wolf. 
Leader: Brother Howard Myers. Text: Galatians 5:16-26. 

They profess but do not possess. More people do the things 
of the flesh rather than the things of the spirit. Unselfish love — 
love thy neighbor as thyself. He that doeth the will of my Father 
shall be saved. Do we make liars of ourselves when we sing, "Have 
Thine Own Way Lord?" 

Monday A. M. 

Song leader: Brother Martin Meyers. 

Devotions: Brother David 1 Kegerreis. Text: Psalm 90. 

Bible Study. Teacher: Brother George Throne. Subject: Labour. 

God gives rich rewards for our labor in His work. 

First speaker: Brother Alvin Chupp. Subject: Brotherly Love. 
Text: Hebrews 13:1-18. 

Just have patience and trust God for the results. A house that 
is lived in shows. The curtains are open, the yard is cut. Our 
hearts show brotherly love if Christ occupies. It proves the reality 
of a saved life. 

Closing remarks: Brother Eugene Kauffman. Text: Matthew 9:35. 

Laborers are few. Love the stranger, not the things they do 
but their soul. 

Monday P.M. 

Song leader: Brother Tom St. John. 

Opening: Brother Walter Pease. Text: Romans 1:15-16; 5:1-5. 

If we don't stand for God who will we stand for? Tribulation 
worketh patience. 

First speaker: Brother David Kegerreis. Subject: Watch. 

Plead for the purity of the Church. The crime rate in our beloved 
America is appalling. Our Church is one that upholds the New 
Testament doctrines for which we should praise God. It is up to us 
to obey. Moses didn't reach the promised land because he disobeyed 
and struck the rock. We need Christ in our heart then the world will 
know us by our appearance. 

Second speaker: Brother Milton Cook. Text: Matthew 12:43-45; 
26:69-75. 

Evil must be driven out before the Holy Spirit can enter. This 
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the Bible because of Matthew 12:43-45. The evil spirit returned 
with seven spirits more wicked than himself. In professed 1 Christen- 
dom there is sometimes a little evil mixed with good and then a 
little good mixed with evil. The empty room, no Bible study, no 
prayer, the room swept and garnished, ready for the evil spirits. 
The opposite was impetuous Peter. He was just like us but he wa,s 
sorry for his mistakes and 1 God could use him. Acts 19:18-19. 

Closing remarks and prayer by Brother Alvin Chupp. 
Monday Evening 

Song leader: Brother Lee Wertz. 

Devotions: Brother Vern Hostetler. 

Remarks by moderator, Brother Edward Johnson. Isaiah 60:1-8. 

First speaker: Brother William Carpenter. Subject: Perfection. 
Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1-16; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 18:30. 

Let us look at man. Did God make a mistake? He created a 
perfect man and he was upright. Perfect men of the Bible: Noah, 
Enoch, and Job. Our perfect day will be with Him at the end of 
life. 

Second speaker: Brother Paul Myers. Subject: Fundamentalism. 
Text: Matthew 23:23; Revelation 3:20. 

The forces of sin and the forces of Christ knock at our heart's 
door. We must open to the forces of Christ if we are fundamental 
in belief. In the picture of Christ knocking on the door the latch 
string is on the inside. We alone can open the door. 

We have Satan's bible and Satan's church with a membership 
of ten thousand and growing by leaps and bounds. 

Hebrews 9:22. If we are not born again we die twice; if we 
are born again we die only once. We must have love, faith, and 
forgiveness to follow in Christ's footsteps. 

Closing remarks and prayer by Brother Ray Reed. 
Tuesday Morning 

Song leader: Brother Jacob Ness. 

Leader: Brother W. S. Reed. Text: Romans 12:1. 

We are only at the Conference through the mercy of God. You 
can make anyone believe a lie if you repeat it often enough. Repeat 
the Scriptures. 

Tuesday A.M. 

Song leader: Brother Russell Berkenstock. 

Devotions: Brother Milton Cook. Text: Psalms 85. 

God has blessed America and would continue to do so if her 
people had not forgotten Him. We have used and abused our 
natural resources. America was always extra special because it was 
founded for God. The nation is made up of individuals and since 
a chain is no stronger than its weakest link the nation is no stronger 
than its weakest individuals. 

Bible Study. Teacher-. Newton Jamison. Subject: Rest. 



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God created night for our own good but America does not use 
night for rest. The yoke is easy when Christ is on the other side. 
First speaker: Brother Robert Carpenter. Subject: Recompense of 
Reward. Text: Hebrews 11:23-29. 

If we had no hope of seeing God we would be miserable. 
Christ's reproach was borne outside the gate. Can we bear His 
reproach? We must have a place to go when we start out. Abraham 
obeyed yet he knew not where he went. We must have a vision afar 
off. If we believe we have a home it will show in our life. We must 
not look back when we put our hand to the plow. 
Closing by Brother Alvin Chupp. 

Tuesday P. AA. 
Song leader: Brother Martin Meyers. 
Opening: Brother David Kegerreis. Text: I John 1, 
We will only realize the true wonderfulness of God's sacrifice 
and Christ's love when we enter the pearly gates. 

First speaker: Brother Eugene Kauffman. Text: Luke 15:29. 
We compare ourselves with ourselves. Too often as Christians 
we're like the prodigal son's older brother. We lack the love and 
compassion needed to help others who have spiritual needs. When 
members stray from the fold it is like lambs getting out through a 
hole in the fence — this hole being in our love. We often make it 
hard for them to get back in. We turn cold toward them and do not 
offer encouragement to them when they might be willing to return. 
We sometimes lack friendliness just like the older brother. We should 
recognize our own weakness as well as our brother's. There is a 
river ahead that will be too wide and deep for us to cross without 
Christ's help. 

Second speaker: Brother Emery Wertz. Text: Matthew 16:6. 
If we have done God's will we will have no fear of the judgment. 
Here is the preparation room for over there. If you hate your brother 
here you can't do that over there; one of you won't be there. Whom 
say ye that I am? God's commandments given two thousand years 
ago are still necessary. 

Are we having a spiritual famine? The prayer veil has stood 
for two thousand years but is becoming extinct. Have we the spirit 
within or are we following Jezebel? Are we selling out and then 
pretending we are okay? We blame it on someone else. I love the 
Lord with all my heart and soul, but I love the fish better. We will 
go into captivity of Satan when we neglect the Word of God. Today 
is the dressing room in which to put on the Word of God. 
Closing by Brother Replogle. 

The Bible is God's eternal truth. I am with you even unto the 
end of the world. 

Tuesday Evening 
Song leader: Brother Vern Hostetler. 
Opening: Brother Frank Shaffer. Text: Job 29. 



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Speaker: Brother Harley Rush. Subject: Mission and Missionaries. 

We need to show others by our life that Christ dwells within. 
Unless we are right with God we can unintentionally persecute the 
children of the Church. Where does missionary work start? The 
worker must have zeal for lost souls. 

Paul gave his life and his all. The story is told of three soldiers 
who were shipwrecked and floated to an island where they found 
four of their buddies and Christian natives. They were all converted 
by the Christian natives. 

The greatest adventure is proclaiming Christ to the world. 
Missionaries are the happiest people in the world. We are happy 
when we are doing what God 1 commands. 

Have we accomplished anything in our lives for Christ? God's 
work is carried on by devoted, consecrated Christians. Today is the 
day of salvation. Tomorrow may never come. 

A young man had left home against his father's wishes. Finally 
deciding to return, he wrote his father, asking if he was welcome. 
If so, he was to hang a white rag on the oak tree which stood near 
the railroad track that passed his home. When he could see the tree 
his happiness knew no bounds; there were white rags hanging from 
many of its limbs as proof of his father's forgiveness. Our Heaveniy 
Father is just as ready to forgive. 

Closing by Brother Paul Myers. 

Doctor's hold a conference to decide aid for physical sickness. 
Our Conference is a spiritual aid. We must obey doctor's orders to 
profit from them. We must obey Christ's orders to find relief from 
sin's sickness. 

May God bless this Conference report and as you read it may 
those of you who were permitted to attend relive the inspiration and 
the help God gave through each day of the Conference. 

The climax of the Conference was on Wednesday P. M. when 
Brother and Sister Larry Andrews' daughter was baptized in the edge 
of the beautiful lake near the tabernacle. She had given her heart to 
Christ and her hand to the Church at the close of the services on 
Tuesday evening. May God richly bless her young life. 

— Sister Ruth Drake, 40278 Lincoln, Beaumont, California 

He who is not grateful for the good things he has, would not 
be happy with what he wishes he had. 

Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising 
every time we fall. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

GOD KNOWS 

Gen. 4:1-16 

Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve and Abel was their 
second. They grew up like other boys do and I suppose that be- 
cause Cain was the older that he thought he should be treated with 
more respect than Abel. Now Cain liked to till the ground and 
grow crops that produced food. Abel liked animals and he was a 
keeper of sheep. 

When it was harvest time for Cain he brought of the fruit of 
the ground for a sacrifice unto the Lord and Abel brought the best 
of his flock of sheep to sacrifice to the Lord. The Bible says that 
the Lord had respect unto Abel's sacrifice but unto Cain's offering 
He had not respect. This made Cain very angry and God talked with 
Cain about it and reasoned with him. God said, "If you do well 
you will be accepted but if you don't do well it is sinful." Being 
sinful mean,s to disobey God and that is displeasing to Him. For 
some reason Cain's heart was not right with God. I think we can 
assume that he was a proud man and for God to accept his younger 
brother's offering and reject his was just too much. Cain became 
very jealous of Abel and hated him. One time when they were 
out in the field Cain killed his brother Abel. 

Abel had been a good man and God loved him. Cain buried 
his brother's body so that no one would know what happened — 
but God knew. And the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother 
Abel?" 

Cain replied to God, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?" 

Then God 1 said, "What have you done? The voice of your 
brother's blood cries unto me from the ground." 

Nothing is hid from the Lord and He told Cain He would curse 
the ground. When Cain tried to grow crops it wouldn't produce 
like it once did for him and possibly because of this he would be a 
wandered over the face of the earth, continually trying to find a 
better place to farm. 

Cain complained 1 to the Lord that everyone that found him would 
want to kill him for murdering Abel so the Lord put a mark on Cain 
so that anyone who saw it would know that it would be wrong to 
kill Cain. 

What a sad life Cain had. How much better to have asked the 
Lord to forgive his sin of pride and to have been accepted and 
respected like Abel. 

— Brother Rudy Cover 



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DANGER AND SAFETY 

"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest 
he fall," I Corinthians 10:12. 

We are never in so much danger as when we have no fear. 
Self-confidence is always false confidence. The Apostle Peter said, 
"Althougt all men shall be offended, . . . yet will I never be offended." 
And yet before the cock crew he had denied his Lord thrice. Others 
have fallen from their steadfastness, and we may do so, too. We 
certainly shall do so if we trust in ourselves. The believer's safety 
is to be found in a sense of his own insufficiency, and a firm faith 
in God's all-sufficiency. God has promsed to keep us from falling if 
we look to Him. But our trust in God must not lead us to neglect 
watchfulness for ourselves. We must take heed unto our ways; "be 
. . . sober, and watch unto prayer." 

While we watch for ourselves, Christ watches over us; and 
while we pray for ourselves, He prays for us. When He warned 
Peter of his danger, and bade him watch and pray lest he enter 
into temptation, He said, '"Satan hath desired to have you, that he 
may have full confidence in Him who ha,s promised to keep us to 
the end. 

Stay nigh me, O my Saviour, stand, And guard in fierce temp- 
tation's hour; Hide me in the hollow of Thy hand; Show forth in me 
Thy saving power; Still be Thine arm my sure defense — Nor earth 
nor hell shall pluck me thence. 

— The Christian Contender 

WORRY — Prayer is an acknowledgement of faith; worry is a 
denial of faith. Prayer is putting my hand in God's trusting to His 
loving guidance; worry is withdrawing my hand, and denying His 
power to lead me. Prayer leads through the door of faith into the 
presence of God; worry leads through the door of anxiety into the 
darkness of loneliness and discouragement. If prayer rules the life, 
victory results. — The P. H. Advocate 



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GOD'S WAY FOR YOU 

"Ye have compassed this mountain long enough; turn you north- 
ward" (Deut. 2:3). 

We, too, should be intent on going God's way. If it leads 
through the valley, over the mcuntaintop, over rough or smooth roads, 
through many d iff u It res or few, God's way is ever forward. God 
has a plan and a purpose for all of us. It is up to us to let God 
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God's plan includes growth from infancy to childhood, to youth, 
to maturity, to immortality. Ezekiel tells us that God says: "I ... 
will 'do better unto you than at your beginnings" (36:11). Life is 
meant for growth. It is not accident nor cruel fate that we find 
ourselves changing physically, mentally, or spiritually with the passing 
of time. Growth without life is impossible. Life without growth is 
a definite tragedy. It has been said, "If God 1 had intended men to go 
backward, He would have given him eyes in the back of his head." 
Another has said, "There is no going back; our God is all-wise." He 
knew what man needed. 

When we look back, we see that God was right all along. If 
we had followed Him, we would have made fewer mistakes. When 
He called Abraham to leave home and kindred, God knew the end 
from the beginnng. Looking back Abraham could see that he did the 
right thing when he listened to the voice of God. His only mistakes 
came when he failed to trust fully in God. Don't let a failure to 
trust in God be the story of your life. In the process of following 
God, Job lost much, but we learn from the full story that the latter 
end of Job was better than the beginning. God sees the end from 
the beginning, so you are always safe in obeying Him. 

The Chinese are noted for their wisdom. I have been told that 
they have five points on their compass — North, South, East, West, 
and the fifth point where the person is. How can one know North, 
South, East, or West unless he knows where he is? 

We are all on our way somewhere. Some will be disappointed 
in the destination and some will get there sooner than they expect, 
but we will all arrive. Many things along the way may help or hinder 
but we are all on the way. We are moving, but it is important that 
we go forward with God. "Turn," God said. Man's way and God's 
way are often far apart. God is very wise, so let us take His way. 
If His way leads through a tunnel or across a river or through what 
seems a hard way, let us remember that His wisdom far exceeds 
ours. We are all moving, but the important thing is the direction 
in which we are going. We can never arrive at the desired destina- 
tion, if we are going in the wrong direction. The poet has expressed 
it well: 

One ship drives east and another drives west 

With the selfsame winds that blow. 

And not the gales 

Which tells us Ihe way to go. 

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

God's way may not always seem easy, but regardless of the 

seeming difficulties, it is always best. The Psalmist said, '"It is 

qood for me that I was afflicted." Paul says "that all things work 

together for good to them that love God." 

God hath not promised skies always blue. 

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But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor, light for the way, 

— Annie Johnson Flint 
Keep on going God's way. It is right always. Peter tells us 
to add many things as we go along the way. Add to your faith 
virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance 
patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and 
to brotherly kindness charity. 

— Vital Christianity 

NEWS fTEMS 

SOUTH FULTON, SLLINOIS 

The Lord willing, the South Fulton Congregation plan to hold 
their annual Lovefeast services beginning Saturday, September 1, at 
2:00 P.M., with communion services at 7:30 P.M. There will be 
services on Sunday also. 

We would appreciate your coming and worshipping with us. 

— Sister Martha Harman, Cor. 

OBITUARIES 

GLADYS MILLER 

Daughter of Abraham and Eva Miller was born December 16, 
1908, at Williston, North Dakota. She departed this life very 
suddenly November 2, 1972. 

She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and united with the 
Dunkard Brethren Church at an early age. 

At the age of 7 years she moved from North Dakota to Indiana 
with her parents, spending most of her life in Indiana and Ohio. 
On October 14, 1970, she came to California where she enjoyed the 
past two years at the Winter Haven Home. 

Surviving are one sister, Mary Osborn of Beaumont, California; 
two brothers, Paul and Sam Miller of Florida; four nieces and two 
nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Down a road 1 that's calm and peaceful, 
Guided by God's loving hand, 
She has gone upon a journey 
To a distant, brighter land, 
And although your heart is heavy 
With the sorrow you must bear, 
May it help to bring you comfort 
Knowing she is happy there. 
Funeral services were conducted by Elder Hayes Reed from 



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Modesto, California. 



RUTH BUCKINGHAM 



Susanna Ruth Fisher Buckingham was born April 12, 1909, at 
Perrysburg, Indiana, and departed this life at Lakeland, Florida, on 
March 16, 1973, at the age of 63 years, 11 months, and 4 days. 

She is survived by her husband, Earnest; one daughter, Mrs. 
Eldon (Debris) Flory of Bernville, Pennsylvania; two sons, Allen, of 
Lakeland, Florida, and Wayne, of Bernville, Pennsylvania; twelve 
grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Velona Wells of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; 
two brothers, Clifford Fisher of Silver Lake, Indiana, and James Fisher 
of Eaton Rapids, Michigan. One daughter, Alice, preceded her in 
death. 

Funeral services were held March 18, 1973, at 3:00 P.M., in 
the Old German Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida, by Elder Glen 
Metzger and Brother David Kegerreis. 

Graveside services were conducted by Elder Vern Hostetler at 
3:30 P. M. on March 20, 1973. 

Internment was at Brookside Cemetery, west of Scottsville, 
Michigan. 



DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1973 

SOME "CANNOTS" OF THE BIBLE 



Memory Verse, Gen. 24:50 
Then Laban and Bethuel 
answered and said, The thing 
proceedeth from the Lord: we 
cannot speak unto thee bad or 
good. 

Sat. 1 -Gen. 19:1-29 

Memory Verse, Num. 23:20 
Behold, I have received com- 
mandment to bless: and he 
hath blessed: and I cannot re- 
verse it. 

Sun. 2-Gen. 24:33-67 

Mon. 3-Exod. 19:1-25 

Tues. 4-Num. 22:1-35 

Wed. 5-Num. 23:1-30 

Thurs. 6-Num. 24:1-25 



Fri. 7-Num. 35:1-34 
Sat. 8-Josh. 24:1-28 

Memory Verse, II Chron. 2:6 
But who is able to build him 
an house, seeing the heaven 
and heaven of heavens cannot 
contain him? Who am I then, 
that I should build him an 
house, save only to burn sacri- 
fice before him? 
Sun. 9-Judg. 1 1 :29-40 
Mon. 10-1 Kings 8:1-30 
Tues. 11-11 Chron. 2:1-18 
Wed. 12-1! Chron. 6:1-21 
Thurs. 13— Ezra 9:1-15 
Fri. 14-Job 9:1-35 
Sat. 15- Job 14:1-22 



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Memory Verse, Job 14:5 
Seeing his days are determin- 
ed, the number of his months 
are with thee, thou hast 
appointed his bounds that he 
cannot pass. 

Sun. 16-Job 23:1-17 

Mon. 17-Job 28:1-28 

Tues. 18-Job 37:1-24 

Wed. 19-Psa. 40:1-17 

Thurs. 20-Psa. 93:1-5 

Fri. 21-Psa. 125:1-5 

Sat. 22-Psa. 139:1-24 

Memory Verse, Job 37:23 

Touching the Almighty, we 
cannot find him out; he is ex- 
cellent in power, and in judg- 
ment, and in plenty of justice: 
he will not afflict. 

Sun. 23-Ecc. 1:1-18 

Mon. 24-Ecc. 8:1-17 

Tues. 25-Ecc. 10:1-20 

Wed. 26— Isa. 29:1-16 

Thurs. 27-lsa. 44:1-28 

Fri. 28-lsa. 45:1-25 

Sat. 29-lsa. 50:1-11 

Memory Verse, Psa. 40:5 

Many, O Lord 1 my God, are thy 
wonderful works which thou 



hast done, and thy thoughts 
which are to us-ward: they 
cannot be reckoned up in 
order unto thee: if I would 
declare and speak of them, 
they are more than can be 
numbered. 
Sun. 30-lsa. 56:1-12 

Memory Verse, Ecc. 8:17 

Then I beheld all the work 
of God, that a man cannot 
find out the work that is done 
under the sun: because though 
a man labour to seek it out, 
yet he shall not find it; yea 
farther; though a wise man 
seek to know it, yet shall he 
not be able to find it. 

Isa. 50:2, Wherefore, when I 
came, was there no man? 
when I called, was there none 
to answer? Is my hand short- 
ened at all that it cannot re- 
deem? or have I no power to 
deliver? behold, at my re- 
buke I dry up the sea, I make 
the rivers a wilderness: their 
fish stinketh, because there is 
no water, and dieth for thirst. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR SEPT., 1973 

Sept. 2 - The Lord God calls Samuel. I Sam. 3:1-21. 

Sept. 9 — The Ark of the Lord is captured and taken by the Philistines. 
I Sam. 4:1-11. 

Sept. 16 — The judgment of God being fulfilled'. I Sam. 4:12-22. 

Sept. 23 — The curse of God upon the Philistines for taking the Ark. 
I Sam. 5:1-12. 



Sept. 30 - The Ark returned. I Sam. 5:1-12. 



W. S. Eeed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 

BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LI SEPTEMBER 1, 1973 NO. 17 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WALKING TOGETHER 

O Master walk with me today. 
Lest from Thy will I'm led astray, 
The way is dark, the path obscure. 
Be Thou my light, help me endure, 
Though the road, with foes beset, 
Though labors hard, with rigors met, 
Victorious, I am sure to be, 
If Thou today dost walk with me. 

Teach me by watchfulness and prayer, 
My cross, with fortitude to bear; 
And thus o'er sin a victor be, 
Walking with Thee, and Thee with me, 
So Master together we will walk 
And o'er my problems daily talk, 
With Thee confiring and confiding, 
I, in Thy sweet will abiding, 
'Till Thou in me my all shalt be, 
And Thou in me Thy likeness see. 

—Selected 






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SIGNS OF THE TIMES 

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the 
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was 
only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made 
man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart . . . But Noah found 
grace in the eyes of the Lord," Gen. 6:5,6,8. 

Having recently seen statistics that reiterate the truths of God's 
Word we wish to bring a few of such statistics to our attention. 
The text points up the wickedness and depravity of man's heart. 
Gen. 6:11 tells us, "the earth was filled with violence." Jesus said, 
"As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of 
man be," Matt. 24:37. Paul, in writing to Timothy said, This know 
also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." 

Ours is a nation professing respect for the laws of the land, 
yet it is a nation in which crime increases four times as fast as does 
the population. Ours is a nation in which fifteen and sixteen year 
old children have the highest arrest rate. Fear is emphasized by 
the fact that a third of its citizens feel compelled to keep firearms 
in the house for protection. There are approximately seventeen 
thousand gunshot deaths yearly which figures to be about two 
deaths every hour. We are reminded the Bible said long ago, "The 
earth also was corrupt . . . and the earth was filled 1 with violence." 
If there is any difference now it must be only a matter of degree. 

It appears the flood gates of pornography have been opened 
wide. In almost any newspaper one picks up are to be found 
advertisements for X rated films. The emphasis is on sex in nearly 
all the household magazines, leaving little to the imagination of 
children. 

The television set must bear a major portion of the blame for 
the trouble we are in. People sit in their homes and watch pictures 
that they would be ashamed to watch in public. Children may see 
murder committed on the screen. They see much of the seamy side 
of life which inevitably will affect their nervous system. 

Television also provides a way of escape from the realities of 
life. The characters presented on the screen have an aura of mystery 
about them that can appear enchanting. A housewife who becomes 
bored can become an adventuress; a man, bored with his job can 
become one of the heroes of the screen. A constant viewing of 
the "make-believe" people could possibly cause some to feel more 
dissatisfied than ever. 

Another sign of the times is war and rumors of war. This 
old world is well acquainted with war, having had but few years of 
peace throughout its history. Now we have even greater machines 
of warfare in the form of "smart bombs" which have fantastic 
accuracy. It is claimed the United States, Britain, Russia, France, and 



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China have fifty thousand atomic devices, with the United States 
having thirty thousand. Those thirty thousand represent twenty 
thousand megatons. Surely this is an awesome thing to contemplate. 
Is it any wonder that we hear of wars and rumors of war? "See 
that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, 
but the end is not yet." 

Still another sign of the times is the cry for a one-world church. 
As the World Council of Churches assembled at Upsala, Sweden there 
were several Catholics present. Some were elected to the Councils 
Faith and Order Commission. The Pope also gave the Vaticans first 
blessing. In this we see a lukewarm church, "So then because thou 
art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my 
mouth." 

Too many think heaven is here on earth. They think the world 
is getting better and all that is needed is more education and more 
maturity. 

Dear Reader, this old world is headed for the judgment of God. 
The Bible says, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, 
deceiving and being deceived." I recently read about a little girl 
who was walking past a cathedral as the clock struck the hour. 
But instead of stopping when it should, it kept on striking — 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, etc. She ran home alarmed saying, "Mommy, its 'later 
than its ever been before!" 

It is later than it has ever been before. May God help us to 
read, study, believe, and accept Christ if we have not done so, that 
we may find grace in the eyes of the Lord. 

• • ® ® 9 9 • 

It is impossible to take your pleasure in this world and after 
that to reign with Christ. 



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TACTICS 

A battle is described in the 20th chapter of Judges that not 
only gives the story of that battle but figuratively shows some of the 
tactics that Satan uses against us. Battles are often won by tactics or 
ruses devised by the victors to overcome their foes. 

The battle described here was fought between two groups of 
Israelites. The tribe of Benjamin was opposed by the other eleven 
tribes of Israel. The eleven tribes had been aroused to do battle by 
the malevolent deed of the men of Gibeah in murdering the wife of 
the Levite from Mount Ephraim by their abuse and assult upon her. 
When the Benjamites would not deliver the evildoers to be put to 
death by the other tribes, a state of war existed. Armies were raised 
by both groups and these armies were arrayed before the city of 
Gibeah, the site of the original sin. Not only this battle but the 
events leading up to this civil war clearly demonstrate that they 
were living in a day when "every man did that which was right in 
his own eyes." 

The armies facing each other were of unequal size; the twenty- 
six thousand warriors of Benjamin were opposed by four hundred 
thousand Israelites. The army of Benjamin made up for its lack of 
numbers by its prowess in battle; amongst its ranks were seven 
hundred left-handed men who "could sling stones at an hair breadth 
and not miss." This prowess was proven in the first two days of 
the battle when the army of Benjamin was victorious, after inflicting 
serious losses upon the Israelites. The Israelites lost ten percent of 
their army in those two days. 

Despite these losses the Israelites continued to seek the Lord's 
guidance so the third day of battle turned out far different than 
the first two days. The Israelites used new tactics and gained the 
victory. The entire three hundred and sixty thousand men were not 
set in the main array of the Israelite army; a number of them were 
detached to lie in ambush around Gibeah. The army of Benjamin 
was in high spirits from their two days of victory and confident they 
would again have success by following the same tactics. 

When the battle was joined the begining appeared much the 
same as on the previous days — the Israelites began to fall back — 
but more from design than necessity. As the Israelites retreated the 
Benjamites followed; consequently they were drawn away from 
Gibeah. When the Benjamites were far enough away that they could 
not easily defend the city, the Israelite "liers-in-wait" entered the 
city,, slew the inhabitants and set the city afire. The smoke from 
the burning city which alerted 1 the main body of the Israelite army 
that Gibeah had been taken also awed and disheartened the Benjamites 
when they realized the ruse of the Israelites. The disheartened 
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great slaughter befell them in this pincher-like movement. Those 
who escaped death in this part of the battle were picked off like 
grain that is gleaned as they ran from the battleground. The 
Israelites inflicted great destruction upon Benjamin, not only in 
destroying the army and Gibeah but other cities in their possession, 
the new tactics used by Israel were instrumental in gaining their 
victory. 

The tactics used in Israel's victory are much like the tactics used 
by Satan in gaining victories over Christians. Satan is a master of 
scheme, trickery, and tactics. 

The Christian is much like the army of Benjamin facing the war- 
fare that is always present. When Satan comes to us plainly seeking 
to tempt us away from Christ we are able to withstand his force for 
we clearly see the enemy and his desire. If a suggestion were to be 
made for us to do something illegal or immoral we would quickly 
and firmly resist and thus deal Satan a defeat. Satan does not come 
to the Christian head L on very often but rather he employs ambush as 
did the Israelites. He comes to us in devious and "innocent" ways 
to lead us slowly from our steadfastness. He tells us there is no 
harm in missing church once in awhile, in finding our friends in the 
world, in adopting a few of the styles of the world, in desiring modern 
methods in the church, in wanting riches and fame. By these and 
many other ways he comes to us, gradually drawing us away from 
Christ, away from the Church, away from the Brethren, away from the 
Biblical order, away from gospel plainness, away from dealing with 
sin. All Satan needs is a foothold to gain for himself the complete 
victory over us. The Israelites only needed a few "liers-in-wait" to 
capture Gibeah when the main force of the Benjaminites was drawn 
too far away. Death and destruction reigned when the defenses 
fell, so Christians cannot allow any of the defenses appointed of 
God to fall. 

The song writer would remind us: 

In the way a thousand snares 
Lie to take us unawares; 
Satan with malicious art, 
Watches each unguarded heart. 

But of all the joys we meet, 

None so oft mislead our feet, 

None betray us into sin, 

Like the foes that dwell within. 
We need to be very careful in our Christian life especially when 
we feel very self-sufficient for then it is that Satan often aains the 
victory over us and we fall. It may be a small thing that begins 
our downward course but then the few '"liers-in-wait" were able to 
do what the four hundred thousand had been unable to do. "Where- 



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fore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." I 

Corinthians 10:12. 

— Brother Milton Cook 

1309 W. Lynne Ave., Apt. # 3 

Anaheim, California 92802 

••••••• 

THE LOOK OF GOD 

Our text is found in Genesis 16:13, "Thou God seest me." 
Hagar, Abraham's handmaid when dealt with in a harsh manner by 
Sarah, fled to the wilderness when she was met by the angel of 
the Lord. Through this meeting she was made aware of the all- 
seeing eye of God, and she said to the Lord, "Thou God seest me." 

The following message is to remind us that the same divine look 
of God is focused on each of us, and He would have us come to 
the same conclusion as Hagar, that "Thou God seest me." Not 
just now and then, but at all times, and to know that God's divine 
look has within it all that we need. "For the eyes of the Lord run 
to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in 
the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him" (II Chronicles 
16:9). "For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all 
his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the 
workers of iniquity may hide themselves" (Job 34:21,22). "The 
eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto 
their cry" (Psalms 34:15). "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, 
beholding the evil and 1 the good" (Proverbs 14:3). 

The Look of God Is: 

Piercing and Searching. The importance of this look of God is 
seen in I Samuel 16:7. The Lord had told Samuel to go and anoint 
one of the sons of Jesse to be king. If it would have been left to 
Samuel and the people alone to choose they would have failed, be- 
casuej they were only able to see outwardly. "But the Lord said 
unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his 
stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man 
seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord 
looketh on the heart." 

In Hebrews 4:12 we have a verse about the Word of God that 
helps us to understand how piercing and searching the look of God 
is. "For the word is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two- 
edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and 1 is a discerner of the thoughts 
and intents of the heart." Because God can see into every place, 
the darkest depths and recesses, we see His look as 



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The Look of Judgment. In Genesis 6:12,13 it says, "And God 
looked opon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had 
corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The 
end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with 
violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the 
earth." That same divine look that determined judgment upon the 
old world will sometime soon determine that judgment against corrup- 
tion and violence of evil men is again necessary. As it was in the 
days of Noah, all things will then be destroyed. May God in that 
day look upon us as He did upon Noah, "But Noah found 
grace in the eyes of the Lord." In order to find grace in the 
eyes of the Lord as Noah did, each one of us has to accept 
what God ^ sees when He looks at our unregenerated hearts, and 
repent for "God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, 
to see of there) were any that did understand, that did seek God! 
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; 
there i,s none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 53:2,3). 

"And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked 
unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the 
cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their 
chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily; so that the Egyptians 
said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them 
against the Egyptians" (Exodus 14:24,25). If under the piercing, 
searching, and judging look of God, sin is determined and revealed in 
our lives, and we find ourselves "driving heavy," let us not flee from 
Him but also see in that divine look the same longing look of love 
that Peter saw when Christ looked at him after the denial. It was 

A Look of Recall. "And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter 
And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto 
him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter 
went out, and wept bitterly" (Luke 22:61,62). When our cries are 
the expression of true repentance, when we look to Him in the 
bitterness of our sin, God is ready to look upon us with 

The Look of Mercy. "And it came to pass in process of time, 
that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by 
reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto 
God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning 
and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and 
with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and' God 
had respect unto them" (Exodus 2:23-25). 

About two hundred years after this, Israel was again in bondage 
having been delivered by the Lord into the hands of Midian. Because 
of the great impoverishment brought on them they cried unto the 
Lord. God reminded them of the former deliverance and how He 
had commanded them not to fear the gods of the Amorites but 
they had not obeyed (Judges 6:1-10). God in His mercy called 



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Gideon to deliver Israel and looked upon him with 

A Look of Strengthening. "And the Lord looked upon him, and 
said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand 
of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?" God is ready to look upon 
us with that same iook of strength to enable us to do His will. Are 
we looking up to receive it? "Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou 
that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look 
unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto 
the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, 
until that he have mercy upon us" (Psalm 123:1,2). 
— Selected from The Christian Contender by Brother Willard Beam 

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THE BLESSING OF A CONSISTENT 
CHRISTIAN HOME 

The blessing of God is one of the prime motivations of the 
Christian life. I believe we are all aware that the blessing of the 
Lord is not ours because someone wishes it upon us, or because we 
live in a certain country, or becaue we have a reputable family life 
behind us. God's blessing in the Scripture always has an "if" attached 
to it. 

In Leviticus 26, we have a vivid example of God's blessing 
based on a condition. Verses 3 and 4 say, "If ye walk in my statutes, 
and keep my commandments, and do them; . . . Then I will . . ." and 
follows with a catalog of blessings which He would pour out upon 
them. So we see that the blessing from God in our homelife, church 
life, social life, and more depends heavily on the response of the 
individuals involved. 

Consistency indicates effort, activity, and labor to maintain 
and improve conditions to a given standard. Those of us who have 
had the privilege of being born and reared in Christian homes know 
that the consistency we felt there took time, toil, and tears. 

What are we to be consistent with? Is here a platform on which 
we can be assured that we are consistent? This is the standard we 
have in God's Word. And I am convinced that to be consistent 
with the eternal verities of God in our homelife is no part-time job. 
God, in His Word, gives clear directions concerning the different 
aspects of the home. In Genesis 2:24, He speaks of the establish- 
ment of the home. In Ephesians 5, we see the duty of husbands 
and wives. The importance of religious training is emphasized in 
Deuteronomy 6:7. Ephesians 6:1-3 gives the children's part. We 
could turn to many more Scriptures to help us clearly see that when 



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each fills his place under God, His blessing is forthcoming. 

With the constant bombardment of a sensual, unbelieving society 
endeavoring to undermine and destroy the very foundation of our 
homelife, we are called to consistency. Also with the endless 
variety of books, booklets, etc. on the home, child training, financial 
(?) matters and the like, many are confused and are losing contact 
with God's standard yet we have those today who will say they are 
consistent in their homeiife but are departing from the clear Script- 
ural declarations. 

One is appalled at the deterioration observed today in nominal 
Christian homelife. The very opposite of consistency is observed in 
the changing attitudes toward discipline, recreation, insurance, church 
leadership, and many other Bible principles. 

Consistent Christian homelife does not just happen. It has its 
roots in the childhood homelife of husband and wife. We recognize 
that God's grace is sufficient to overcome a blighted 1 childhood and 
have a Scripturally consistent homelife, but they must operate at a 
disadvantage. Impressions gained in the formative years at home 
prepared one for the responsibilities to be shouldered later in life. 

Consistent Christian homelife also has its roots in a Christian 
courtship where God's will and way are sought after and found in 
the choosing of a life companion. We observe those who struggle 
with the severe handicap of a companion who does not share their 
concerns and convictions in regard to their homelife. The Christian 
home is built around the family altar with the spiritual ideals of 
life being the controlling influence in the everyday experiences as 
well as the overall plans of life. 

With this as a background let us consider some of the blessings 
of a consistent Christian home. 

1. This home has the blessing of unity as father and mother speak 
the same thing. We place this first because of its far-reaching 
influence in the home, church, and community. 

2. There is the blessing of security in having a safe place to return 
at the close of a day at work, school, etc.; where one is welcomed 
and appreciated and when not at home, he knows he is missed. 

3. This home has the blessing of assurance in knowing that what- 
ever tomorrow holds, all is well. They are acknowledging Him in 
all their ways, so they know He will direct their path. Their time, 
ambitions, finances, family, health, their all is at His disposal. 

4. May we cherish the blessing of a firm foundation from which 
to launch into each day and the unknown variety of experiences 
one faces. 

5. Then we think of the blessing of rest in knowing that the Bible 



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is central in the home, and all else is judged in relationship to this. 
There must be consistency in avoiding the evaluation of problems 
and decisions in the light of man's reasoning rather than God's Word. 

6. The blessing of equality is enjoyed as parents are consistent in 
not rearing the older children by one standard and then slipping 
to a more liberal one for the younger. 

7. The consistent Christian home will enjoy the blessing of a clear 
vision of our heavenly home. Home should be a foretaste of heaven, 
but many have a warped concept of glory because of the incon- 
sistencies they experience and observe in homelife now. 

8. One of the important fruits of the godly home is the blessing 
of the propagation of the faith, in being able to reproduce in the 
following generation a homelife which, in turn, has God's blessing 
upon it. One is greatly encouraged today to see young people 
establish homes with the same consistencies as their parents, proving 
that there need 1 not be a gradual departure from what the parents 
and grandparents believed and stood for. 

These blessings and many more one might think of are ours 
only as we meet God's conditions, and in simple faith claim His 
promises. May our homes in the twentieth century be living ex- 
amples of true Christian consistency. May we not hesitate at the 
scoffing ridicule that others may heap upon us, but may we live 
only to have the smile of God's blessing upon our home. 

- David N. Wadel 

••••••• 

STANDING TRUE - It is human to stand with the crowd, it i,s 
divine to stand alone. It is manlike to follow the people, to drift 
with the tide; it is Godlike to follow a principle, to stem the tide. 
It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and 
religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to 
sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty. 

"No man stood with me, but all men forsook me," wrote the battle 
scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to 
answer with his life for believing and teaching contrary to the 
Roman world. 

Daniel stood alone, but God stood with him and brought him 
through his trial of faith more than a conqueror. — Selected 



GOD SEES — Perhaps at the Last Day all that will remain worth 
recording of a life full of activity and zeal, will be those deeds that 
were done solely beneath the eye of God. 



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SYNONYMS OF THE SPIRIT 

In John 14:16 of the Amplified New Testament are several 
synonyms that help us understand the nature and work of the Holy 
Spirit: "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another 
Comforter (Counselor, Hepler, Intercessor, Advocate, Stremgthener 
and Standby) and He may remain with you forever." 

The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He can and will console in 
times of sorrow, distress, and failure. He brings a sense of peace 
in the midst of frustrating circumstances. What a comfort to know 
that the Holy Spirit dwells within us and is available for our every 
need ! 

The Holy Spirit is our Counselor. Jesus promised his disciples 
that when the Holy Spirit came he would reveal to them the mean- 
ing of his teachings (John 14:26) and he would guide them into 
all the truth (16:13). In many areas of our life we need counsel, so 
let us ask of God who through the Holy Spirit gives liberally to all 
(James 1 :5). 

The Holy Spirit is our Helper. This is reassuring because every 
person needs help at some time. As our Helper, the Holy Spirit 
works with us and we work with him. "The Spirit helps us in our 
weakness" (Rom. 8:26). 

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. He will take our case as an 
attorney before the heavenly Father. "The Spirit intercedes for the 
saints according to the will of God" (Rom. 8:27). There are times 
when we are unable or do not feel like pleading our cause before 
the heavenly throne; be assured that the Holy Spirit will do so if 
we are in contact with him. 

The Holy Spirit is our Strengthener. "You shall receive power 
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1 :8). This is our 
salvation because we are too frail to cope with our responsibilities 
and temptations. Paul's prayer for the Ephesian Christians was "that 
he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit 
in the inner man" (3:16). 

The Holy Spirit is our Standby. When others fail or forget us, 
we can count on the Holy Spirit to stand by us. He will not forget 
us during trials, disappointments, sickness, or death. The Holy 
Spirit is of divine and 1 eternal essence. He is reliable at all times 
and under all circumstances. Jesus assured his disciples of the 
coming of the Holy Spirit and said to them that the Holy Spirit 
will "abide with you forever" (John 14:16). He is the Standby of 
all sincere Christians. 

These synonyms only partially describe the Holy Spirit and his 
functions. He is all these and more. And best of all, we can have 
the Holy Spirit abiding and active in us. 

— Sel. from Vital Christianity 



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O BOY! AND HIS COUSINS 

"O Boy, did we have a good time!" So came the words upon 
the ears of the editor from the lips of a giri who had just returned 
from having a pleasant social time with a group of other young people. 
In turn he inquired, "Why not, O girl?" 

"My goodness, wasn't that a heavy rain? It simply poured down! 
Whatever will the people do who live along the rivers? Goodness, 
me, they will be flooded out!" And so the excited woman of the 
house, gave expression to her feeling relative to a heavy thunderstorm 
which had just passed over the countryside. 

"Judas priest, was that some close game!" So said a young 
fellow just returned from the game. 

"Gee, what a swell time we had tonight!" said a young boy in 
commenting upon a class meeting which he attended. 

"Gosh, but that was a big one," said the fisherman. 

"Doggonit!" said 1 the farmer as he missed the nail and the hammer 
went into the windowpane. 

And so one might continue almost indefinitely, enumerating 
cousins to "O boys," which are used in common conversation of 
church members and Christians according to observation. I recall 
visiting in a home where the conversation of a returned missionary's 
young wife was constantly interspersed with slang of this kind. 
Every word of slang struck my ears with a bang, and 1 made a force- 
ful impact upon my mind which was quite disturbing. And yet she 
is missonarily inclined and the wife of a minister. 

All the expressions given thus far have been spoken by persons 
who are Christians or claim to be. This is languagei used by those 
who have accepted Christ as their Saviour, and have affiliated with 
the church. 

And the frequency with which one hears such expressions and the 
freedom of the use of them without a sense of embarassment is an 
indication of a very questionable practice among church people. 
To our mind it is something which should give more than ordinary 
concern, because such expressions are not indicative of the appre- 
ciation of Jesus the Saviour which a child of God should have. 

Let us look at the meaning of a few of these words. Gosh 
and Golly are but euphemisms of God; the words actually mean God 
and are by Webster designated "minced oaths." The words Gee 
and Geez actually mean Jesus, and are also minced oaths. Any 
Christian who actually knows what such words mean will certainly 
not use them under any circumstances, for they are taking the name 
of the Lord' in vain. And such speech is sin! 

Darned, darn, and darnation, are simply other euphemisms of 
damn, damned, and damnation. 

The person who uses "Gosh darn," is cursing and swearing with 



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a certain polish given the ugly words used by the wicked. Yet in 
the .sight of God and to His ears the use of such language can be 
nothing but wicked and' sinful. 

There is no occasion for the Christian to use anything other than 
reasonable adjectives to emphasize the thought which he or she 
desires to express. Interjections which are appropriate can rightly 
be used but there is no place in the language of the Christian for 
"goodness, mercy, and gracious," etc., as exclamations. And if there 
is no room for unnecessary words, then there is certainly no room for 
minced oaths and near-curse words at any time. 

The Lord made it very clear that "every idle word that men shall 
speak they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment," Matt. 
12:36. And the Word makes it clear also that Christians are judged 
by their speech as well as their works, "for by thy words thou shalt 
be . . . condemned." 

Using God's name for emphasis, the Bible states is sin. "Thou 
shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord 
will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain," Exodus 20:7. 

"Swear not at all ... but let your communication be, Yea, yea; 
Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil," Matt. 
5:34,37. "But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by 
heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let 
your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest you fall into condemnation," 
James 5:12. 

"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not 
his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain," 
James 1:26. 

And it is important that the Christian does bridle his tongue, 
and exercises self-control over this member which is so difficult to 
regulate. 

One thing is obvious to the Christain who realizes the gracious 
work which the Lord has done for him by bringing salvation into 
his life; he will do no one thing that will bring dishonour and disgrace 
upon his Saviour. He will furthermore, praise and adore His name 
and give testimony through his life and language that Jesus is the 
preeminent One to him. And if such be the case, all unnecessary 
words, minced oaths, near-curse words, and profanity will not be 
used. The Holy Spirit is ready to help the Christian who has a con- 
science on this matter! 

As young people, may we raise high the banner "Clean Speech," 
and may each one do his part by example to keep all speech clean 
so as to bring no dishonour to the Lord. 

We recognize there is a considerable degree of difference be- 
tween "O boy, gracious, mercy" and a host of other words like these, 
and such words as "qosh, darn, gee." etc. These latter are entirely 
uncalled for, and are very indicative of the character of the persons 



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who use them. 

One might summarize speech as follows, and classify people 
according to it. (1) Clean speech without the use of slang or un- 
necessary exclamations. (2) Speech that carries exclamations and 
words of emphasis of the innocent but the unnecessary kind 1 , such as 
"O boy," etc. (3) Speech that uses minced oaths or near-curse words 
for emphasis, and which are vulgar in their meaning and actually 
cursing in their effects. (4) Swearing and the use of profanity which 
is so prevalent among worldly and wicked people. The ideal is 
class number one. 

Everyone of us who have named the name of Christ as our 
Saviour should endeavor by the aid of the Holy Spirit to cultivate 
clean speech to His honor and glory. 

— Selected from August 1945 Bible Monitor 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 

WALKING WITH GOD 

How would you like to live to be 900 years old? We don't 
think of living that long, do we? People we know very seldom 
live to be 100. But long, long ago people lived to be very old. 
Adam lived to be 930 and the oldest man the Bible tells about 
lived to be 969. His name was Methuselah. The father of 
Methuselah was called Enoch and he was 65 years old when 
Methuselah was born. The fifth chapter of Genesis tells of several 
men who lived to a great age. Enoch didn't live as long as the' other 
men recorded here. He only lived for 365 years. 

The Bible says that Enoch walked with God 1 and God took him. 
In the letter to the Hebrews the apostle Paul says that by faith 
Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not 
found and that he pleased God. 

Do you know what it means to walk with God? I think it 
means to have God for our best friend. If you have a friend that 
you like very well you want to do things that will please your 
friend, don't you? Well that's the way it was with Enoch. He 
loved God and wanted to be close to Him. It got so that Enoch 
loved God so much and God loved Enoch that God took him to 
heaven. And Enoch didn't have to die. 

Jesus says, "If you love me, keep my commandments." If we 
do what Jesus tells us, it shows to Jesus we love Him and are trying 
to please Him. And even if we do die Jesus has promised' that 
those who love Him will have a home in Heaven. "In my Father's 
house are many mansions." — "I go to prepare a place for you." — 
"And I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where / 
am, there you may be also." 



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Walking with God is worth-while. It is the best way to live 
here and it will be much better in heaven. "For God so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

— Brother Rudy Cover 



NEWS ITEMS 

WAUSEON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the revival meetings at West Fulton will begin 
September 30, 1973 and continue for two weeks. 

Elder Jacob Ness of the Shrewsbury Congregation, Pennsylvania 
has consented 1 to hold these meetings for us. 

You are invited to come and worship with us at any time. Please 
pray for these meetings. 

— Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 

NOTE OF THANKS 

I wish to thank all the brethren, sisters, friends, and relatives 
for the beautiful birthday cards, letters, and gifts that helped to 
make my day more enjoyable. Thanks again for all these remem- 
brances. 

— Sister Naomi R. Hartz 

OBITUARY 
JOHN HENES 

John William Hines was born December 24, 1877, in Wayne 
County, near Clinton, Ohio, and departed this life at a rest home, 
on August 9, 1973, at the age of 95 years, 7 months, and 15 days. 

When a young man he enlisted in the army and served during 
the Spanish American War. 

On September 16, 1899, he was united in marriage to Clara 
Susan Goodenberger of McDonaldsville, Ohio, to whom he was 
married 56 years. 

He united with the Dunkard Church on January 7, 1900, being 
a member of the Orion Congregation at the time of his death. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan; a son, Gilbert of 
North Canton; and one daughter, Mrs. Miriam Workman of Massillon, 
Ohio. 

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Rachel) Domer of the 
home; a son, William of Massillon; 18 grandchildren; 43 great- 
grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted at the Lewis-Karlo & Sons Funeral 
Home by Elder Paul R. Myers, with burial in the Pleasant Valley 
Cemetery near North Canton. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1 , Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 
R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 
R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 
515/993-4382 

Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 

Ora Skiles, Treasurer 
3623 Toomes Road 
Modesto, California 95351 

Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95350 

Paul R. Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
James Kegerreis 

R. 1, Richland, Pa. 17087 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Mich. 49228 



RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 

Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 1 88 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



Samuel Bross 
R, 2, Box 176-A 
Lebanon, PA 17042 



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' VOL LI SEPTEMBER 15, 1973 NO. 18 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NEVER ALONE 



When you chance to be discouraged, 
Wond'ring if someone does care, 

Just remember God is Father 

As His child you are His heir. 

In your illness angels guard you. 

Pillow prayers your God doth hear; 

At the lonely hour of midnight, 

Christ, your friend, is always near. 

Trust Him then in all conditions, 

Face the future unafraid; 
Hope in God with faith unyielding, 

Often bring the needed aid. 

Build your faith on firm foundations, 
God still lives upon His throne; 

And His presence gives assurance 
That we never are alone. 

—Selected 



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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there 
is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with 
the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk 
in the Spirit," Gal. 5:22-25. 

The New Testament teaches that when a person believes in Christ 
and meets the conditions of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live 
in that person. If so, we expect that person's life to be different. 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things 
are passed away; behold, ail things are become new." No man can 
consistently produce these qualities by his own efforts— they are 
brought about by God living in us. The flesh is flesh; the Spirit is 
Spirit. Therefore the necessity of being born again. 

Now let us look at our life in relation to God. The first character- 
istic mentioned is love. Among the human race, love is exhibited 
by a desire for the welfare of others. But God's love for us is a far 
greater love. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," Rom. 5:8. We des- 
erved eternal punishment, but He died for us that we might have 
life and that more abundantly. 

The second quality mentioned is that of joy. This joy is that 
put in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We sing, "you may have the 
joybells ringing in your heart." Peter writes of joy unspeakable and 
full of glory." Such joy as the Christian may have is not necessarily 
due to favorable circumstances. Paul and Silas prayed and sang 
praises while in prison. Neither is such joy due to possessions. God 
intends for His people to be happy. 

The third characteristic relative to our relationship with God is 
that of peace. We would define that as a state of calmness or 
harmony with God. 'And the peace of God, which passeth all under- 
standing, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus," 
Phil. 4:7. God made peace through the blood of the Cross, therefore 
as we appropriate this unto ourselves, we may have peace. Through 
Him we may have serenity and confidence. 

Now let us examine somewhat our relationship with our fellow- 
man. We may define longsuffering as patient endurance under provo- 
cation. It is true sometimes there are those who try our patience. But 
it is also true that when we are at peace with God we can be more 
patient with our fellowmen. "For this is thankworthy, if a man for 
conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what 
glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it 
patiently? but if, when ye do well, and 1 suffer for it, ye take it patient- 
ly, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: 
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye 



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should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found 
in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he 
suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judg- 
eth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on 
the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were healed," I Peter 2:19-24. It is not human 
nature to suffer for well-doing and to take it patiently, but it is 
thankworthy. 

Gentleness is another valuable characteristic as we come in contact 
with others. In it is the thought of consideration and courtesy activ- 
ated by love in the heart. It is the opposite of rudeness. Jesus 
was gentle as He went about healing and doing good. The Apostle 
Paul was another example for he had an affection for the Thessalonians. 
He said, "we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her 
children," I Thess. 2:7. 

Still another attribute we should have relative to our fellowman 
is that of goodness. Perhaps we could term it as love in action. The 
Apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians indicated we are to abound in 
every good work. Then, too, we are to do good to all men especially 
those of the household of faith. How do we measure up? 

Finally, there are three characteristics that apply to ourselves. 
The first is faith. If we have faith then we shall be faithful. Faith- 
fulness and obedience are inseparable. God is faithful and we can 
trust Him. Furthermore, if we have His nature we, too, can be trusted, 
otherwise we bring reproach upon his name. It is required of stew- 
ards that they be faithful. We also have the promise if we are faith- 
ful unto death we shall be given a crown of life. 

Another personal characteristic Christians should have is meek- 
ness. To be meek is to be submissive and teachable. The Bible 
tells us Moses was the meekest man in all the earth. Meekness and 
humility are very closely allied. The Christian should have an humble 



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view of himself and his capabilities. We are to receive with meekness 
the engrafted Word which is able to save our souls. 

The last of the nine fruits of the Spirit is temperance. To be 
temperate is to maintain self control or to be moderate. We generally 
regard temperance as pertaining to food or drink. But we can be 
intemperate in almost anything. Obviously, we should totally abstain 
from all things that are evil. 

There is no law against exercising these virtues — rather they are 
above and beyond the law. These fruits cannot be acquired by our 
own efforts; they must be produced by the Holy Spirit. May God 
help us to live in the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit. 

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SCARECROWS-THE MAN OF ONE TALENT 



"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, 
I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not 
sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, 
and went and hid thy talent in the earth. . ." Matt. 25:24, 25. 

A certain man tells us that one morning in the course of a walk 
he came upon a lovely garden. In the center of this garden was a 
strikingly ugly scarecrow. Its shabby garments hung about it in 
horrid awkwardness; its arms were outstreched as if to gather to its 
embrace any hapless individual who would dare to trespass upon 
the premises. But what filled him with amusement was this: a black- 
bird was sitting upon each of the arms of this scarecrow. The two 
had been triumphantly down at the strawberries at their feet. They 
had already had a banquet, and would enjoy another as soon as their 
hunger demanded it. 

But not all the birds he saw were in the berry patch. Some 
were chirping disconsolately from the fence and treetops near by. 
They longed to dine on those juicy strawberries, but they were not 
getting a single one. The reason was, they were afraid of that 
terrible figure that stood guard in the center of the garden. 

The Scriptures abound with scarecrow stories. Perhaps one of 
the best is found in this twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew, concerning 
the Lord's servants and their talents. There are three characters in 
this story. Two of them are purposeful, and engage in strenous and 
intelligent endeavor. On the day of reckoning they came forward, 
each having doubled his original store. They receive warm commend- 
ation. But the third man makes no effort. He wins no praise, no 
word of commendation from his master. He turns out a pathetic 
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Why the difference between these men? Why the difference 
between the birds? While the two were feasting sumptuously, a 
third sat and starved in a near-by tree. We call him foolish, for the 
simple reason that he allowed himself to be robbed of a most coveted 
prise by a harmless scarecrow. He was too cowardly to claim his 
privileges. He permited himself to be cheated by groundless fears. 
Of the same type was the man with one talent. He' did not fail 
through lack of opportunity, or of ability, but because he was afraid. 
He was defeated by a few scarecrows. 

What were some af the scarecrows that robbed this servant? 

First, there was the scarecrow of his own seeming littleness. He 
was proud of his one talent until the day he met a man who had two, 
and later a man who had five. Then he decided that these men were 
more capable than he. If he had talents, he would do big things 
himself; but since he had 1 only one, there was no use to try. Many 
people have been frightened into utter uselessness by the thought 
of their own insignificance. They feel that if they could sing as well 
as an opera star, or preach like Paul, or if they had Henry Ford's 
wealth, they would turn the world upside down. But inasmuch as 
they are what they are, they will do nothing at all. This is the 
scarecrow that kept the ten spies out of the land of Canaan. "We 
were in our own eyes as grasshoppers." Such Christians would do 
well to remember that we will not be judged according to our accom- 
plishments, but according to our faithfulness. We will not be ques- 
tioned as to what we would have done with ten talents, but as to 
what we actually did 1 with one. 

A second scarecrow that this man saw was that of unfavorable 
circumstances. If he were living anywhere but where he was, he 
could easily make two talents. If he were living yesterday or to- 
morrow instead of today, he could do something. But since he was 
living where and when he was, he had no chance. Just so some of 
us wait, and throw away our present opportunities, because we wish 
for more favorable circumstances. 

A third scarecrow that confronted this man was a mistrust of his 
lord. "I knew thee, that thou art a hard man. . . ." In other words 
his master is not fair and just. He is not going to give him a square 
deal. Too many feel this way about Jesus Christ. We hear His 
promises, but refuse to accept them as true. We fear that He has 
set for us a task we cannot accomplish, one that is beyond our feeble 
strength. So we mistrust our Lord, forgetting that as we but dare to 
step out by courageous faith we shall find that He will not fail us. 

These scarecrows kept this servant from doing anything, and he 
finally caused him to lose everything. He went to the grave no 
larger than he was at the day of his birth. He never served in the 
slightest degree. He began, continued and ended utterly useless. 

What are we to do with our scarecrows? Our friend said if he 



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were a bird, he would make it his business to light on church steeples 
and high places and look in every direction for scarecrows, because 
a scarecrow is an indication of something desirable, a summons to a 
feast. So we ought to use our scarecrows. It is easy enough to drift 
along in our Christian life. But when we determine to cotunt as we 
ought to count, there are hardships to be faced. To set ourselves to be 
Christian in a very real sense will mean to face me terrifying scare- 
crow of self-denial. "If any man will come after me, let him deny 
himself. . . ." And yet, this is a guidepost to life. It is only as we 
lose our lives that we shall find them again. 

Having used our scarecrows as guides to desirable spiritual real- 
ities, our next step is to defy them. And if we do, we shall make the 
same discovery as the two blackbirds— that scarecrows are utterly 
harmless. They cannot hurt; they can only frighten. We fear ridicule 
and criticism, but they cannot harm us. We dread death, but for 
the Christian, death is merely a guidepost into the eternal gardens 
of God. 

May God give each of us victory in the conquest of Satan's 



scarecrows. 



—Selected from Christian Monitor 



SOUND DOCTRINE 

II Tim. 4:3, "For the time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine." While much has been written in the past on this, 
we feel pressed to explore some Scriptures in regard to who this is 
written to , and why. 

The first and second letters to Timothy from the apostle Paul, as 
well as the letter to Titus are more personal letters than are the o 4 her 
books in the Mew Testament. The fact they were personal, does not 
diminish the lesson for other believers and Churches. 

This same teaching was also given by the Lord a,s recorded by the 
apostles, as well as by apostolic letters. Doctrine as defined in 
the dictionary is, "that which is taught or set forth for acceptance or 
belief; the principle or dogma of any Church, sect or party." This 
is enough to see that doctrine may be sound and good, therefore 
advisable or it may be false, strange, of the vanities of the devil, and 
to be avoided. 

To be sure which type of doctrine is safe, and therefore sound, 
hear the words of Jesus in St. John 7:16. 17: "My doctrine (teaching) 
is not mine, but His that sent me. If any man will do His will he 
shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or wether I speak 
of myself." Of this we must be sure, the adversary has doctrines 



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too, which is the "doctrines of devils," I Tim. 4:1. 

We are concerned in this, that we have possibly considered these 
things to be in the world, not knowing they may be among us. The 
first example of the doctrine of devils, is found in the third chapter of 
Genesis, and should be classed as misbelief. In other words the 
serpent caused Eve to take the wrong impression. This of course was 
the forerunner of all doctrines of devils. How many of the sins of 
today, both in the world and among professors, could be laid at the 
door of misbelief. In our own lives we would desire to be more 
alert to the dangers of this doctrine of misbelief, or to the fact that 
maybe nearly right will do. This is not sound doctrine. For cur 
God is an exacting God. When the first murder was committed, 
there was knowledge of an acceptable sacrifice and this was sound 
doctrine. The doctrine of misbelief had influenced Cain to the point, 
he failed to offer the right sacrifice and therefore became wroth when 
it was not accepted, and sought opportunity and slew Abel. 

This attitude produced generations of people living in discord 
with God and rejecting His sound dodrine, until God could forbear 
no longer. Noah found favor with God, and was a follower of sound 
doctrine, as he accepted the bidding of God to prepare an ark for 
the saving of souls. After the cleansing of the earth, man began to 
multiply until the doctrine of self-esteem again caused them to start 
a tower which they said would make unto them a name. This also 
is an unsound doctrine, but which has influenced many, many people 
ever since. 

Could any of us say that we have never been guilty of the doctrine 
of self-esteem? The apostle wrote: "let each esteem other better than 
themselves." Phil. 2:3. This is sound doctrine as I Peter 5:6 also 
states, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him, 
for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary 
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may 
devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same 
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." 

The confusion of tongues was the penalty the Lord applied because 
of the doctrine of self-esteem; and this was followed by a man of 
sound doctrine who was accounted as the father of the faithful. The 
sound doctrine of faithfulness was a preparation for the fulfillment of 
the promise in the Garden, i.e.. the seed of the woman shall bruise 
the serpents head. This promise was sound doctrine and 1 became a 
pillar in the lives of faithful men and women from that time forward. 

We shall purposely, to conserve space, refrain from the various 
doctrines that could be mentioned in the afflictions of the faithful 
ones, but we must tarry at the doctrine of unbelief, which caused the 
forty years wanderings in the wilderness. For which cause the Word 
says "they could not enter in because of unbelief." However, Joshua 
and Caleb, guided by sound doctrine, were among those entering 



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the promised land. How many times we are beset with this doctrine 
of unbelief in our day, and fail of many blessings because of this? 

When the promised Messiah came, who was a living example of 
sound doctrine, He said, "AAy doctrine is not mine, but His that sent 
me." We find the devil using his doctrines at the very begining. 
In the three great temptations, when Jesus was in the wilderness, the 
devil exerted his influence in the doctrines, which we will term: 
under-confidence, over-confidence, and other-confidence. The doc- 
trines were overcome by our Lord, leaving us an example. 

The doctrine of under-confidence, either as it pertains to God or 
us. is very evident in our time. Paul wrote in tones of despair as he 
recognized his fleshly weakness when he said, "O wretched man that 
I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Rom. 7:24. 
His answer comes through clear in Phil. 4:13, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengthened me." Paul wrote in I Cor. 1 1 :28, 
"But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, 
and drink of that cup." This was the acceptance of the doctrine of 
under-confidence, but recognizing our unworthiness without the help 
of the Lord, and the gaining of confidence through Him as our inter- 
cessor, to perfect us after we have done what we could, and in the 
faith that He has power to make us worthy. 

The doctrine of over-confidence, is possibly much more in evidence 
as the ease of living has contributed largely to its spread. This doc- 
trine reached a climax in the church of Laodicea, Rev. 3:17, "Because 
thou sayest. I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of 
nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and 
poor, and blind, and naked." 

How many times do we hear today that baptism is not necessary? 
and that once saved, always saved? that the blood of Christ cancelled 
all of our sins? These are a few of the deviations caused by the 
doctrine of over-confidence, and many are they who fall for the doc- 
trine of an easier way. The doctrines of "all grace" and of "all 
works" are equally as dangerous along with that of "all faith." James 
2:17 testifies this. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being 
alone. . .thou believest that there is one God: thou doest well; the 
devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know. O vain man, 
that faith without works is dead?" 

The doctrine of other-confidence is probably the most evident, 
and the law saw this ahead when it was commanded that those people 
should have no other gods beside Him. Paul saw this danger when 
he wrote in I Tim. 1:3. "As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesu.s, 
when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that 
they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless 
genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying 
which is in faith: so do." We exhort all to read Gal. 5, which gives 
doctrines of devils as Paul classes them in I Tim. 4. as referred to 
earlier. Quote: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter 



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times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits 

and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their con- 
secience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding 
to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with 
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. . . .Take 
heed unto thyself, and unto the (sound) doctrine; continue in them: 
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 

How do our lives and practices correspond with the teaching of 
Paul in his letter to Titus? Note how he started with bishops, "For 
a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, 
not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy 
lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, 
temperate; holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that 
he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and convince the 
gainsayers." How do we measure up to this, or has the doctrine of 
other-confidence affected us? 

Titus 2:1, "But speak thou the things that become: sound doctrine: 
that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in 
charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in be- 
haviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much 
wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women 
to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be dis- 
creet, chaste, keepers at home, good obedient to their own husbands, 
that the Word of God be not blasphemed." Where does the doctrine 
of other-confidence manifest itself more than in these above things? 
Think of the broken homes and misery from the lack of the above 
sound doctrine, where women have left the care of their children to 
others in lust after material gain. The effect of this is being heaped 1 
upon our nation, and can we as a fraternity, claim freedom from 
some of it? What about the parents who encourage their children 
in worldly sports and school activities, where the flesh is glorified 
and the spirit to exceed and excel is abounding, where they crown 
young men kings, and young women queens? Crowned as Miss 
town, or state, or nation? etc. Could it be they be led away until 
they are crowned in such a manner as to miss heaven and being 
unworthy will be cast out? 

Rev. 21:7, "He that overcometh (the false doctrine of other-con- 
fidence) shall inherit all things; and 1 I will be his God, and he shall 
be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, 
and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and 
all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and 
brimstone: which is the second death." But let us be ready for the 
next message following that when John was shown the bride, the 
Lamb's wife. 

II Tim. 3:1, "This know also, that in the last d'ays perilous times 
shall come." Look at the list of doctrines here enumerated which 
follow and are to be classed as that of other-confidence. A Negro 



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man in Washington. D.C., (whom I had never met before) said, "Could 
it be we are about to the close of the last day of the last days?" We 
are compelled to say it is very possible, in view of prevailing con- 
ditions, where life and property are in hazard, and the spirit of free 
love, and permissiveness abound on every hand. 

As a conclusion let us consider II Tim. 3:12-17, "Yea, and all 
that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil 
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse deceiving, and being 
deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned 
and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 
and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are 
able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ 
Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable 
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous- 
ness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto 
all good works." 

—Selected from The Vindicator 



SOUTH FULTON 

SOWING AND REAPING 

Sermon by Brother Sherman Reed 1 

We read the Word and consider its source and know that it is 
God speaking to us. Then we wonder how well we have prepared 
ourselves for understanding it, how well we will be molded into the 
being that we should be. 

Paul wrote the words to the Galatians but they were revealed 
to him through the Holy Spirit. In chapter 6, verse 8 he tells them, 
"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; 
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." 

Did you ever consider that everyone is sowing seed? In natural 
things such as a garden we can sow vegtabl© or flower seeds, but we 
don't have to reap the produce if we so desire to leave the plants 
unt ended. 

The Spirit is different; what is sown shall be reaped. There is 
no way around it. If we sow to the flesh we shall reap corruption. 
If we sow to the Spirit we will reap life everlasting. That is some- 
thing we should diligently consider. 

What kind of seed are we sowing? In the parable of the sower 
(Luke 8) a sower went out to sow his seed. Some fell by the, way- 
side, some on a rock, some among thorns, and other fell on good 
ground. 



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The seed is the Word of God. It falls on everyone, whether it 
brings forth fruit or not is not the fault of the sower. The way side 
are those that hear and the Devil takes it cut of their hearts lest 
they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones 
who receive the Word with joy but have no root, believe for a 
while, then fall away into temptation. Those among thorns h^ar 
the vVord, go forth and are choked with cares, riches, and pl«sun=s 
of this life and bring no fruit to perfection. Those on good around 
are they who in honesty and goodness hear the Word keep~it aid 
bring forth fruit with patience. 

. No u m f x ter where we are we are sowing seed by the deeds we 
do in this life. If we sow in righteousness we shall reap good fruit 
k is sad to think that too often professing Christians are mockinq 
Ood by their deeds. 

What is mockery? it is professing to be what we are not People 
forget and they are too shallow in their belief and have little know- 
ledge of the Word of Christ. 

Jesus speaks in Matt. 16:18, "Upon this rock I will build mv 
church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus 
granted authority to His church for unity in the faith. 

We should be warned not to make mockery out of the church 
and its doctrines. ". . .And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth 
sha be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth 
sha! be loosed in heaven." If we do not obey God's Word we are 
mocking. If we sow mockery we will reap corruption. What is 
corruption ? It is the dea<h of the soul. 

Gal. 6:9. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in du = 
season we shall reap, if we faint not." Give consolation and en- 
couragement to fellow church members. If we preach salvation and 
results are not forthcoming we are not to faint for in due season we 
will reap sf we sow in righteousness. There is nothing a true preacher 
enjoys more than to see sinners converted and drawn into the church 
Jesus called helpers to preach His gospel. He went to fisher- 
men the poorest of people. He told them, "Come ye after m » and 
I will make vou to become fishers of men." When we think of fish- 
ing we think of bait, nets, and other equipment. Are we good 
rishermen? a 

I think of the hundreds accepting Christ under the preachinq of 
wl r^'LTu 6 -" eva ^ &| ists-if they are really brought to Christ. 
What kind of bait are they using to catch such vast amounts of human 
fish and we can't 

fi u BU l scmet [] in 9 is wrong-what is it? They are sowing to the 
flesh that is they are preaching what people want to hear rather 
than the gospel truth. I! Timothy 4:4 says they "shall turn away 
their ears from the truth a-d shall be turned unto fables." Gal 6-7 
8 warns us, "Be not drceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." 



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If we sow to the flesh, what are the fruits thereof? Gal. 5:19- 
21, ". . .Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, 
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, her- 
esies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of 
the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that 
they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." 

The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentle- 
ness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Are we producing 
fruit of the Spirit or of the flesh? 

We are often forgetful. Peter says to the early Christians, "This 
second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up 
your pure minds by way of rememberance: That ye may be mindful of 
the words which were spoken by the holy prophets, and of the 
commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and 1 Saviour: Knowing 
this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after 
their own lusts," II Peter 3:1-3. 

If ever there was a time the seed of the Spirit needs to be sown 
it is now. Evil things have been exposed to our eyes in public that 
the Bible flatly condemns. So much evil has been displayed before 
our eyes and ears that it doesn't seem as shocking as it used to. When 
our mind is renewed and stirred up as Peter teaches, the sinful picture 
of the world is revealed to be as bad 1 as it ever was. It i,s just as 
sinful, just as black and disgraceful today as it was in the days when 
the apostles were preaching to the early Christians. 

Therefore I trust we realize we are seed sowers. When we sow 
to the flesh, are we sowing in hope to reap that corrupt harvest? No 
one hopes to reap such a harvest, but it is going to take place if we 
sow it. If we want to reap the harvest of righteousness we must 
sow the seeds of the Spirit— love and joy and peace. 

Some people read no Bible other than Christians. If they read 
us are they reading a message that points them to salvation? 

-Sister Elta K. Blythe, 822 W. Calhoun, Macomb, Illinois 



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WHEN TO BE ALARMED — If you find yourself enjoying any 
book more than your Bible, or loving any person more than Jesus 
Christ, or seeking fellowship of men more than of the Holy Spirit, 
or coveting any pleasure more than prayer times, or reverencing any 
house more than God's house, or being satisfied at any table more 
than at the Lord's table, or delighted with any prospect more than 
the return of the Lord Jesus THEN be alarmed! 



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ONLY ONE WAY 

A godless education is certain to come to disrepute sooner or 
later. It lacks a foundation and will fall. Science does not provide 
a final remedy for anything that would make the world better. That 
discoveries of modelm science have placed into the hands of man 
weapons altogether too dangerous to be intrusted to those who 
feel no responsibility to their fellow man or to God. Man's plans 
for making the world better have been tried through the centuries 
and found wanting. They are attempts to redeem the world by 
leaving out of the plan the Great Redeemer; plans for peace without 
the Prince of Peace; plans for a new creation without the Creator! 
Without God there would be really nothing worth living for in this 
imperfect world. Neither science nor any other human achieve- 
ment will ever give eternal life to anyone. Only Jesus the Christ, 
the Son of God, can do this. The P. H. Advocate 



NEWS ITEMS 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Plevna Congregation will hold their revival 
meetings October 7 through October 21, begining with a Harvest 
Meeting. Elder Hayes Reed will be the evangelist. Elder Harley 
Flory will deliver the Harvest sermon. 

Our Lovefeast services will be Saturday, October 20, begining 
at 10:30 A.M., with afternoon services at 2:00 P.M., and the Lovefeast 
at 7:00 P.M. 

We invite all to come enjoy these services with us. 

—Sister Ruthanna Lilly, Cor. 

SAVAGE RIVER VALLEY, MARYLAND 

Brother Virgil Leatherman of Littlestown, Pennsylvania came into 
our midst at Broadwater Chapel Congregation for an eight day revival 
meeting, from June 30 to July 8. 

Brother Leatherman's wonderful and timely messages were in- 
spiring and uplifting to all. The attendance was good, although 
there were no additions to the church at this time. We pray the good 
seed sown will take root and bring forth fruit in due time. 

We were glad for the presence of Sister Leatherman throughout 
the meetings. We pray God's blessing on them as they labor in the 
Lord's work. 

Saturday P.M. we met for Lovefeast. Elders present during the 



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afternoon and evening were James Kegerreis, Howard Surbey, and 
Jacob Ness. Brother Leatherman officiated. 

We were glad for all the visitors and invite each one back again. 

May we all strive to do the Master's will is our prayer. 

—Sister Bertha Dorsey, Cor. 

MARRIAGE 

REED — SWIHART 

Sister Mary Jane Reed, daughter of Brother and Sister Kyle Reed, 
Minburn, Iowa, and Brother Roger Swihart, son of Elder and Sister 
Roy Swihart, Goshen, Indiana, were united in marriage on Saturday, 
July 21, 1973, by Brother David Skiles. They are making their home 
at Route 1, Quinter, Kansas 67752. 

NOTICE 

Anyone needing credential blanks, I now have a good supply. 
—Elder Harley Rush, Sec. General Mission Board 

OBITUARY 

MARY ELIZABETH (LAVEY) HEISEY 

Daughter of Michael and Martha (Rarick) Lavey, was born on 
January 31, 1897, in Miami County near Bradford, Ohio, and departed 
this life on August 5, 1973, ait the age of 94 years, 6 months, and 

5 days. 

She was united in marriage on March 15, 1915, to Orien Elmer 
Heisey. To this union was born one son and one daughter. 

Early in life she was baptized into the Old German Baptist Church 
and remained faithful until the Lord called her home. After taking 
ill she called for the anointing service and we believe she gathered 
much comfort from it. 

Preceding her in death was her husband and one granddaughter. 

She leaves to mourn her departure, one daughter, Mrs. Bernard 
(Edna) Flick of R. 1, Union, Ohio; one son, William, and one stepson, 
J. D., both of Bradford, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 

6 great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great- 
great-grandchild. Also many more relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held August 8, at 2:00 P.M., at the Oak 
Grove German Baptist Church by the home ministers. Burial was 
made in the Sugar Grove Cemetery by the side of her companion to 
await the resurrection morning. 

—The Family 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

TOO WICKED FOR GOD TO SAVE 

Genesis 6 

After Enoch was taken to heaven his son, Methuselah, had a son 
Lamech and Lamech had a son called Noah. It was in Noah's time that 
the wickedness of man became very great. There were giants on the 
earth at that time. It seems that mankind became so wicked and 
sinful that they forgot all about God who had made the earth and 
had given them a good place to live and food to eat. God said that 
His spirit would not always strive with man, but that He would let 
them live another 120 years. God was so sorry that He had made 
man and it grieved God in His heart; but man became so sinful that 
God determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth. 

Now Noah was a righteous man, he walked with God like Enoch, 
and Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The people of the 
earth were so wicked that Noah and his wife and his sons and their 
wives were the only good people left on the earth. So God told 
Noah to build a large boat. This boat was to be 450 feet long, 75 
feet wide, and 45 feet high— big enough to hold all the animals and 
birds that God wanted to save. It has been estimated that there 
was room in this big boat for 7000 different kinds of animals. 

God told Noah to seal this big boat with pitch so that it wouldn't 
leak. He also told Noah to take all kinds of food so that they would 
have something to eat because God would send a flood upon the 
earth. It would rain for 40 days and 40 nights and God would 
destroy every living thing from off the face of the earth except 
those that were in the big boat that Noah built. 

The Bible says, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at 
the coming of the Son of man." God wants man to be good and God 
is merciful. But when man becomes so wicked that there is hardly 
any good 1 left, God will destroy the wicked and save the righteous. 

—Brother Rudy Cover 

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR OCT., 1973 

Oct. 7 — Israel repents and God delivers them. I Sam. 7:1-17 
Oct. 14 — Israel demands a King. I Sam. 8:1-22. 
Oct. 21 — Saul seeketh the prophet and finds him. I Sam. 9:1-27. 
Oct. 28 - Saul anointed King of Israel. I Sam. 10:1-27. 



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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR OCTOBER, 1973 

MORE "CANNOTS" OF THE BIBLE 



Memory Verse, Matt. 6:24 
No man can serve two masters 
for either he will hate the one 
and love the other; or else he 
will hold to the one, and de- 
spise the other. Ye cannot 
serve God and mammon. 

Mon. 1-lsa. 57:1-21 

Tues. 2-lsa. 59:1-21 

Wed. 3-Jer. 10:1-25 

Thurs. 4-Matt. 5:1-20 

Fri. 5-Matt. 6:1-34 

Sat. 6-Matt. 7:1-29 

Memory Verse, Matt. 7:18 
A good tree cannot bring forth 
evil fruit, neither can a cor- 
rupt tree bring forth good 
fruit. 

Sun. 7-Mark 3:1-35 

Mon. 8-Luke 14:1-35 

Tues. 9-Luke 16:1-31 

Wed. 10-John 3:1-36 

Thurs. 11— John 14:1-31 

Fri. 12-John 15:1-27 

Sat. 13-Acts 4:1-31 

Memory Verse, Luke 14:26 
If any man come to me, and 
hate not his father, and moth- 
er, and 1 wife, and children, 
and brethren, and sisters, yea, 
and his own life also, he can- 
not be my disciple. 

Sun. 14-Acts 5:12-42 

Mon. 15-Rom. 8:1-25 

Tues. 16-1 Cor. 10:1-33 

Wed. 17-1 Cor. 12:1-31 

Thurs. 18-1 Cor. 15:35-58 

Fri. 19-Gal. 3:1-29 



Sat. 20-1 Tim. 5:1-25 

Memory Verse, John 3:3 

Jesus answered and said unto 
him, Verily, verily, I say unto 
thee, Except a man be born 
again, he cannot see the king- 
dom of God. 

Sun. 21-11 Tim. 2:1-26 

Mon. 22-Titus 1:1-16 

Tues. 23-Heb. 4:1-16 

Wed. 24— Heb. 12:1-29 

Thurs. 25-James 1:1-27 

Fri. 26-James 4:1-17 

Sat. 27-11 Peter 1:1-21 

Memory Verse, Acts 5:39 

But if it be of God, ye cannot 
overthrow it; lest haply ye be 
found to fight against God. 

Sun. 28-1 John 3:1-24 

Mon. 29-Exod. 33:1-23 

Tues. 30-Josh. 7:1-26 

Wed. 31 -Job 11:1-20 

Memory Verse, I Cor. 10:21 
Ye cannot drink the cup of the 
Lord, and 1 the cup of devils: 
ye cannot be partakers of the 
Lord's table, and of the table 
of devils. 

Hebrews 12:28, 29 

Wherefore we receiving a 
kingdom which cannot be 
moved, let us have grace, 
whereby we may serve God 
acceptably with reverence and 
godly fear; For our God is a 
consuming fire. 



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W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI OCTOBER 1, 1973 NO. 19 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SOMETIME, SOMEWHERE 

Unanswered yet the prayer your lips have pleaded 1 

In agony of heiart these many years? 
Does faith begin to fail? Is hope departing? 

And think you all in vain those falling tears? 
Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer; 

You shall have your desire sometime, somewhere. 

Unanswered yet? Nay do not say ungranted; 

Perhaps your work is not yet wholly done. 
The work began when first your prayer was uttered, 

And God will finish what He has begun. 
If you will keep the incense burning there. 

His glory you will see sometime, somewhere. 

Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered, 
Her feet are firmly planted on the Rock; 

Amid the wildest storm she stands undaunted, 
Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock. 

She knows Omnipotence has heard heir prayer, 

And cries, "It shall be done"— sometime, somewhere. 

—Selected 



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THE CHURCH 

It has been said there are two great wonders in the world— the 
Jew and the Church. The Jew is a witness to Christ rejected; the 
Church a witness to Christ resurrected. 

The Church is marvelous in character. It is a distinct body. 
There is the Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of God according to 
I Cor. 10:32. The Church is neither Jew nor Gentile although both 
may be in it. The Jew looks for the Messiah, the Church for a 
bridegroom. 

One of the reasons Christ came into this world was to establish 
the Church. On one occassion Jesus asked His disciples who men 
said He was. Some said John the Baptist, others said Elias or Jeremiah 
or one of the prophets. Turning to Peter Jesus asked, "But whom 
say ye that I am?" Peter unhesitatingly answered, "Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God." At that, Jesus pronounced a 
blessing upon Peter because of his perception. Jesus declared, "Upon 
this rock I will build my Church." There have been many thoughts 
as to what Jesus meant, but one thing is certain— take away the 
truth of Peter's confession that Jesus is the Christ, there would be 
no true Church. "Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, 
precious: and 1 he that believeth on him shall never be confounded," 
I Peter 2:6. 

The Church is a called-out body. According to Acts 15:14, God 
visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name, in 
Isaiah 43:21, we read, "This people have I formed for myself; they 
shall shew forth my praise." If God had not called out a people, 
He would have been as a ruler without subjects. This calling-out 
is through the power of the Holy Ghost and will continue until the 
time of the Gentiles be fulfilled. If we have not done so, let us 
make sure our calling and election. 

The Church has certain privileges and responsibilities. In the 
parable of the nobleman and his ten servants, found in Luke 19:1 1-27, 
each was given a pound and was told, "Occupy till I come." This 
places the Church in the way of service while our Lord is gone back to 
the Father. We have been entrusted with gifts to be used in service 
to our Lord and to be accounted for at His return. We are in the 
position of being "in Christ's stead." Are we fulfilling His desire 
and purpose or are we keeping His pound in a napkin? 

It may seem strange to consider suffering as a privilege. But 
suffering has been the heritage of many, many Christians through- 
out past centuries. I Peter 2:21, "For even hereunto were ye called: 
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye 
should follow his steps." I! Tim. 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live 
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Are we willing 
to stand up and be counted for our Lord? 



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The Church is to be a co-worker with Him, "For we are laborers 
together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building," 
I Cor. 3:9. It is necessary that the members work together with the 
Head. "If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not 
of the body; is it therefore not of the body?" If the hand or foot 
is not controlled by the Head, of what use is it? There should be 
no schisms in the body of Christ. 

What, then, are the future prospects of the Church? Good— if 
we are prepared for Christ's coming. Before Jesus went back to 
Heaven, He said, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come 
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may 
be also," John 14:3. 

The Church expects to be caught up when Christ returns. "For 
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the 
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in 
Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be 
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one 
another with these words," I Thess. 4:16-18. What a wonderful 
reunion that will be! 

If we understand rightly, those of the true Church shall reign 
with Him a thousand years according to Rev. 20:6. "Beloved, now 
are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: 
but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for 
we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in 
him purifieth himself, even as he is pure," I John 3:3. 

Dear Reader, as we look about us and view the evils in this world 
we are made to realize there is not much joy and peace here below. 
We are made the more to realize, as did the saints of old 1 , that we 
are "strangers and pilgrims on the earth." I trust that our citizen- 
ship is in Heaven. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR OCTOBER 1, 1973 

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THE ANOINTING 

It was one Sunday afternoon. Thus far the day had been 
pleasantly spent. The Sunday School lesson in the morning was about 
Jesus the Good Shepherd. We had also listened to an excellent 
sermon concerning the leaven in three measures of meal. We felt 
that we had something on which to meditate during the week. But 
there was to be a change in the line of thought, for the time at least. 

A young sister had been sick for weeks. She had suffered much; 
but during all her illness, not a murmur or complaint had escaped 
her lips. To all who visited her, she appeared as one perfectly 
resigned to the will of God. While in good health she was much 
beloved, but in her sickness she seemed to have drawn the members 
still closer to her, and therefore closer to God. She, however, 
desired the anionting, and had called for the elders to perform the 
sacred and solemn rite. They came at her request, and others came 
also. 

An air of solemnity seemed to pervade the place. All felt 
that they had come together for no ordinary purpose. Without, 
the gentle showers were coming down, and all nature was smiling. 
Every flower and every spear of grass appeared to be delighted, 
for they were drinking in the forces that were dropping from the 
clouds. But why should nature do anything but rejoice! The Hand' 
that made the smiling vegetation was diffusing His blessings through 
the clouds. It is not too much to say that the scene' without was 
in keeping with the scene within. The earnest men and women of 
God had come together, seeking a blessing first for the young sister 
and then for themselves. They knew that the Father of our spirits 
had promised to bless those who in good faith call for the anointing. 
In appearance they may have seemed sad, but within there was joy 
in the Holy Ghost. 

Around the well-kept couch, where lay the weak form, gathered 
the fervent in prayer and appealed 1 to God for help, for we all 
realized that He can and will aid where no earthly physician can. 
The elders applied the oil in the name of the Lord, as directed in 
James 5:14. They prayed that the Lord would restore the young 
sister to health if it were His will, for they felt that the young 
pilgrim might be of some use in the Master's work. Then they 
prayed that her sins might all be forgiven. They had no doubt but 
that their earnest prayer would, in some manner, be answered, for 
to the Lord they had 1 said, "Not our will but thine, O Lord, be done." 
He who can see the end from the beginning has His way of answering 
prayers, and those who have a spiritual insight into God's dealings in 
this world can see answers where the less spiritual cannot. 

As I walked away from the sister's earthly home I wondered 
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them. There is so much in the anointing. "The prayer of faith 
shall save the sick." There are so many ways in which the sick 
may be saved. Even the life may be prolonged, for He who gave 
life can lengthen it. He who made the vessel can also renew the 
bonds of life. He one time added fifteen years to the life of a king. 
But at other times He permits the transplanting to take place early. 
I say He permits it, for He who made all things knows what is best 
for the plant as well as for the vessel that contains the plant. 

And then we read, "The Lord shall raise him up." This gives 
hope. It strengthens the faith, and it is through the hope and faith 
that the heavenly Physician can do most effectual work for the 
drooping spirit. As raindrops from the clouds prolong the life of 
plants, so will the showers of grace, received into the soul, add 
strength to the outer as well as to the inner life. "If he have 
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." The best of all promises! 
If the tender plant must be transplanted, let it first be cleansed and 
every defect removed. If it is to remain upon the earth, it is only 
the better for the forgiveness. Then, why not call for the anointing! 
The hand of God is in it. 

— Our Saturday Night 

— Selected from The Christian Contender 

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THE TWO DESTRUCTIONS OF THE EARTH 

In the time of Noah the people became so wicked that it grieved 
God that He had made man. "And the Lord said, 'I will destroy man 
whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, 
and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me 
that I have made them,'" Gen. 6:7. 

Even though the people were wicked we find one man that was 
faithful to God. "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, 
and Noah walked with God," Gen. 6:9. 

God told Noah that he was going to destroy the earth with a 
flood. That it would rain forty days and forty nights, and that he 
should build an ark for the saving of his house. Before this we 
have no account of it raining, only a mist went up to water the earth. 
This may have sounded impossible to the people, but Noah did not 
question, only took God at His word. 

Noah set to work and built the ark just as God commanded. I 
can see the people standing around and making all sorts of fun, and 
saying this is not necessary yet Noah did not stop. When all was 
finished Noah and his family, and all that God commanded went into 
the ark, and God shut the door. The flood came and Noah was safe, 



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and those on the outside perished, Did it pay Noah to be obedient 
to God? 

Let us now look at the condition of the world today. Is it any 
better than in the days of Noah? Men are growing worse all the 
time. They are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. On 
the Lord's day the balls, theaters, and bathing parks are full, and only 
a few worshiping God. Will God always strive with man? No, 
the time will come, just as it did in the days of Noah, when God will 
again destroy the earth. 

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the 
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the 
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works 
that are therein shall be burned up," II Peter 3:10. 

Jesus has come and laid the plan of salvation, and all who 
accept shall be saved. The way is simple and easy to follow, yet 
many turn it down. Jesus has gone before to prepare our home. He 
has left us a charge to do, we must follow in His steps and obey all 
His commands, that we may be worthy to live with Him. 

We hear some say go to the shows, dances, and 1 worldly amuse- 
ments, life is short — have a good time while you can. Yes, this 
life is short at the longest, but how about eternity? Which is best, 
serve God now and live separate from the world, and spend eternity 
with Him where we shall have peace and happiness forever and ever, 
or enjoy the pleasures of this world for a season and eternity in 
destruction? 

We also hear some say feet washing, the salutation, and the 
prayer covering are not necessary. We can dress like the world 
just so our heart is right. Is the heart right when these plain 
commands are left out? Oh, how easy folks can make excuses, but 
will they stand in the presence of God? 

Do you not think the people talked 1 just this same way to Noah? 
Yet he went on obeying God and was saved. Just as sure as the 
earth was destroyed by a flood, so shall it be destroyed by fire. 

God has a home prepared for all who love and obey Him. We 
must take the Bible as it is and question nothing. Turn a deaf ear 
to those around us who try to turn us away and go on obeying God. 
When the time comes God will take the righteous into Heaven, and 
the door shall be closed and no man can open it. Those on the outside 
shall perish. 

We will meet trials and temptations here but Jesus said, "And 
ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth 
to the end shall be saved," Matt. 10:22. 

— Sister Ivene Diehl from March, 1936 Bible Monitor 

— Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 



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THE FAMILY ALTAR 

It requires real effort and persistence to erect and maintain a 
family altar amid the many claims on time and the diversified 1 
interests of a modern family. But the returns are worth a far greater 
price. The influence of that united prayer period sweetens the 
whole home atmosphere day by day. For a few minutes the entire 
group steps aside from the day's pressure and relaxes. They see 
themselves — and each other — in the presence of God. Irritability 
gives place to appreciation, fault-finding to understanding, self- 
centeredness to humility. The reading of great truths refreshes the 
soul and stimulates the mind. Minutes of communication with God 
in prayer insure His touch and His companionship throughout the 
family's day — keeping its inevitable interplay of personalities sweet, 
harmonious, mutually helpful, Christlike or suggesting corrective 
measures which shall really build permanent character. 

On the religious instruction given in the home depends its whole 
future happiness. Psychologists tell us that the first five years of 
a child's life determine his mature character. Those years are spent 
almost exclusively in the home. From the earliest month of infancy 
he is absorbing those impressions which shall sink deepest and last 
longest in his lifetime. No mother need worry about sending her 
children away to college, marriage, or distant labors who conducted 
family prayers within their hearing as babes, who instructed them in 
the great truths of God from His book and her own example as she 
lays her personal and 1 family joys and sorrows before Him in family 
worship. 

But how to begin? How shall one introduce family worship 
into the home? Of course the best way is to make it one of the 
cornerstones at that home's very foundation. For each young couple 
to start their married life together by observance of family as well as 
private devotions. The problems of the first year are better settled 
before the Throne of Grace than in any other fashion. 

If America is to be won for Christ, it must be through the 
influence of Christian homes and the labors of those who were 
raised at their family altar to know God, to "ask in faith believing," 
to practice their religion day by day. 

— The United Evangelical 



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The Bible is the book of all others to be read at all ages and 
in all conditions of human life ... I speak as a man of the world 
to men of the world, and I say to you, "Search the Scriptures." 

— John Quincy Adams 



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CHURCH LOYALTY 

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members 
have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, 
and every one members one of another," Rom. 12:4-5. We might sum 
up the duties of the church by saying that her duty is to unite our 
spirit with the Holy Spirit, so as to have peace with God. We must 
conclude from the New Testament record of ordinances and command- 
ments that they require a united effort together in the instructions of 
the New Testament, for we cannot observe these individually of 
ourselves. 

We should select a church which is worth our loyalty. We find 
that the disciples' church "continued steadfast in the apostles' doctrine 
and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers," Acts 2:42, 
and that they kept the ordinances as they were taught by the apostles. 
Can we be satisfied with anything less? Christ came to earth to 
reconcile His followers unto God and He taught Hi,s disciples what 
this reconciliation consisted of. In any denomination that comes 
short of this, we may be only men-pleasers, 

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not 
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an 
antichrist," II John 7. Without question Jesus Christ came in the 
flesh and He came that He might shed His blood for our sins. Any 
faith short of the divinity of Christ is wasted. We are warned in 
this Scripture that many deceivers will try to weaken our faith in 
Christ and thus lose our blessings from Him. Dare we take any 
chance of losing our full reward? 

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no 
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in 
the same mind and in the same judgment," I Cor. 1:10. A very 
exacting task is before us in being a follower of Christ and 1 we need 
all the help we can get from one another. We can be one in Christ 
only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit has fully 
come since Christ left, but He works in agreement with Christ and 
we must so work also if we wish His help. 

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to 
good works," Heb. 10:24. Do we consider one another for love and 
that we might encourage others to good works? Or do we consider 
others for our own advantage over them? Many duties of building 
and caring for a church will be joyous and not a burden, if, divided 
among its members according to their abilities. Whatsoever we 
give in time or talents for true furtherance of the Gospel will not 
lose its reward when the Judge comes for His own. 

Many things of carnal nature are distinctly condemned in the New 
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these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, 
witchcraft, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunk- 
enness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I 
have also told you in time past, that they which do such things 
shall not inherit the kingdom of God," Gal. 5:19-21. This is very 
definite teaching and whatever the church does to avoid these should 
be adhered to. "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify 
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's," I Cor. 6:20. 
There is a vast difference between glorifying God and engaging in 
the lusts of the flesh. In whatsoever service Christ finds us, our 
reward will be accordingly. 
- Brother Howard J. Surbey, 749 W. King St., Littlestown, PA 17340 

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GOD'S PRECIOUS GIFTS 

As we pick up our pen to write these few lines, we feel our 
lack of qualification and our weakness, but there is a burden on our 
heart. And what does the Scripture mean where it says, "Quench 
not the Spirit"? Thus we entreat the Lord to guide our thoughts 
and pen. 

In the present sin-filled world in which we are living, are we 
not well aware of the wickedness, nakedness, evil, and falling away 
all around us? Surely God looks down on all this in pity and 
shame! We who are followers of God, and who have named His 
name, would certainly not desire to have part in this evil and naked- 
ness we see on every hand, and neither should we want our children 
to have a part in any of it. "Children are an heritage of the Lord," 
and we have a tender love for these little ones which God has given 
into our care and keeping. We desire to "bring them up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord," that they may also be a glory to God 
who gave them. The responsibility that lies with us is great indeed— 
that we might train them up as would please the Father, doing His 
will as outlined in the Holy Scriptures, and teaching it to them as 
well. "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the 
will of the Lord is." Eph. 5:17. 

God's Divine Word bears much advice, teachings, warnings, and 
instructions concerning parents toward their children (and vice versa), 
all of which we should ponder, pray about, and put into practice in 
raising our children. Let us seek that wisdom which He giveth to all 
men liberally when they ask in faith. We are not saying a "thus 
saith the Lord" can be found for each aspect of training with which 
we are faced, but some Scriptures can be applied generally, such as, 
"Abstain form all appearance of evil." I Thess. 5:22. This does not 



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necessarily refer to children, but the instruction there for us, as breth- 
ren, could well be applied to our children. Would any of us wish 
our children to partake of evil? Indeed not! "I pray not that thou 
shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep 
them from the evil." John 17:15. The Word says "all appearance of 
evil." That means the appearance of evil in any form. If there is 
the slightest hint of evil, or any question in our mind, abstain! This 
Scripture can cover countless aspects in the rearing of our children. 

We, as the people of God, claim to be a plain people, nonconfor- 
ming to the fashions and ways of the world. If these claims are 
true, and we pray they are, then surely we would not raise our children 
the same as the world. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a 
man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Prov. 14:12. We 
see how those children are growing up (to be or not to be!), and sin- 
cerely pray our own will not be like them in dress, manner, belief and 
other ways. Thus, if we desire for our children to be and behave 
differently from children of the world, they will have to be taught 
and trained differently. "Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Prov. 22:6. 

The teaching and training of children must begin while they are 
yet in the cradle. The little ones accept and grasp our teaching much 
younger than perhaps what we can realize, so we must not miss 
opportunities to fill their open minds with a lasting faith and truth— a 
faith in God and His Word— even before they can fully understand. 
". . .And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which 
are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in 
Christ Jesus. II Tim. 3:15. 

If we want our children to grow up with a desire to be like us, 
living a plain and nonconforming life as outlined in the Bible, then 
we must begin with their begining. If we allow our children to taste 
of worldly habits and pleasures while they are young, can we expect 
them, when they come to the age of accountability, to want to turn 
away from all these fleshly desires? They must be taught, with love 
and scriptural reasoning, to abstain from such things before they 
ever engage in them. "Even a child is known by his doings, whether 
his work be pure, and whether it be right." Prov. 20:11. Our child- 
ren's "doings" will not show forth a very "goodly heritage" (it would 
if it were a godly heritage!) if they are no different in their dress or 
habits from other children who have not this same heritage. We 
surely do not want to attire our children after the fashions of this 
world— the girls immodestly, or wearing men's clothing, or with shorn 
hair, or the boys with long hair. And do we want them to engage 
or participate in activities supported by non-believers (many of which 
encourage emulations) and 1 which take them away from hours of 
home life in which could be given godly instruction instead? How 
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true Christ-like believers? This hardly seems consistent. Instead, it 
seems we should dress them plainly and modestly and teach them to 
pursue a plain life. The quotation, "You can tell the heart of the 
parents by looking at their children" might well be true! 

We, as parents, must sincerely believe that this is right and God's 
will for us first, or naturally we cannot expect to instill it in our 
children's minds. We must first truly believe it, or our children will 
sense that it is not all-important to us, and they will see no reason 
to live in such a way themselves. If our belief is real to us, and from 
cradle up we teach them from God's Word and explain it to them, will 
they not become rooted in the same thing for themselves? Today's 
children, we trust, will make up tomorrow's Church! 

Let us search the Scriptures and deeply consider all things that 
may influence our children, either for good or evil, and let us pray 
that we not lead our children astray. ". . .It is not the will of your 
Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." 
Matt. 18:14. "The Lord is . . .not willing that any should perish, 
but that all should come to repentance." II Pet. 3:9. The Lord gives 
us a wonderful gift when He lends us one of His little ones, but at 
the same time a great responsibility indeed is placed in our hands. 
Let us not shun our responsibility! 

Written with love for one another and with a burden on our 
hearts for each of our dear children. 

— Selected from The Vindicator 



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WHY SPEED 

He cut in on me in passing. I was doing about fifty. A miss of 
several inches in a half second and he was ahead and away. 

Praise the Lord! Not for me this time the crash, the siren's 
wail and a ride in an ambulance to morgue or hospital. 

Precious Guide! Blessed Guide! Without Thee we dare not ride. 

Many of the fathers of the last century feared the change that 
brought speed and its possibilities to a race of lost men. Knowing 
well the fallen nature of man, they sensed and foretold the dangers 
of a world geared to high speed. Accidents were deplored in those 
days. Many people seldom went more than a few miles from home. 

Speed has done much to us. We calmly do 50-60 or more 
while busily planning on what to do when we "get there." Miles 
relate to minutes in today's talk. Babies are zoomed to the hospitals 
for births and corpses sped to the graveyard for burial. Air pilots 
point out the long lines of tortuous highway traffic beneath. Our 
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of railroad auto carriers mean more cars piling up behind the slow 
driver. Children sick of if all beg to stay home. Youth questions 
the reasons and purposes for life itself. 

What are we getting out of it? And what of the future? 
Depleted natural resources? Oil slick and 1 dead fish? Polluted 
oceans, streams and air too? Higher taxes for man's "inch" in 
space? More incinerated astronauts? Is this the dilemma to which 
we are hurrying? 

But speed can mean a far different thing to the Christian whose 
times are in the Lord's hands. 

Lot in fleeing from wicked Sodorn was told, "Haste and look not 
back." "Haste to depart from evil," said the wise man. "Flee 
youthful lusts." Speed away as Joseph did from evil. Over and 
over we are warned to make a fast and clean break with sin. 

However, a Christian is not to be thought af as someone de- 
voted to running away from things. Our Lord has given us a 
task to perform. To us is committed a ministry of reconciliation of 
lost sinners to Christ. Multitudes about us are speeding to a devil's 
hell. Only the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ can 
save their souls. As a fireman to the blaze, or the life boat to the 
sinking ship, we must haste to the need of the lost and dying. This 
is not an occasional emergency. This is an every day and night need. 

"The word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any 
two edged sword." It is only as we are diligent in using it that 
we can expect results in souls won for Christ. 

Christians in Paul's day wished each other good speed in their 
daily ministries and living for Christ. On land or sea their speed 
was seldom faster than a walk. And yet untold thousands of miles 
were covered in the spread of the Gospel. In this ministry many 
became Christ's pilgrims with no homes of their own. 

God only knows how much effort it has taken to bring the life 
giving Gospel down through the centuries to us, or the price paid 
in blood and tears, of sweat and exhaustion and lives freely given 
in service to Christ that others might drink from this well of Salvation. 

It is now our turn to minister its truth to the needy lost souls 
about us. Ours also to pass this torch of light to youthful hands for 
further spread and the nurture of those of tender years. We too 
must imitate our blessed Lord who came to seek and save the lost. 
They are all about us. 

Good speed, my brother and sister in this marvelous ministry. 

— The Pilgrim 

Between the great things we can't do and the little things we 
won't do, the danger is we shall do nothing. 



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WHAT ABOUT YOU? 

A lot of Christians are like wheelbarrows — not good unless 
pushed. 

Some are like canoes — they need to be paddled. 

Some are like kites - if you don't keep a string on them, they'll 
fly away. 

Some are like kittens — they are more contented when petted. 

Some are like a football — you can't tell which way they will 
bounce next. 

Some are like ballons — full of wind and ready to blow up. 

Some are like trailers — they have to be pulled. 

Some are like lights — they keep going on and off. 

Others let the Holy Spirit lead them. 

THE CHILD JN OUR MIDST 

An old man living in one of the crowded tenements in a big 
city used to say, "My heart is a little garden and God is planting 
flowers there." 

Most of us as we have walked along the streets have heard the 
harsh or vulgar words falling from careless lips. Sometimes we 
have heard little children laughing at ugly stories. But these are 
not the seeds God wants us to plant in their hearts. These are the 
nettles and thorns that have thrust their coarse, stinging leaves up 
through the tender soil and have anchored there. These are the seeds 
of carelessness. 

What about the little child in our midst? This was Jesus' quest- 
ion when He was talking to His disciples. He wanted to show them 
how simple and pure their faith should be. He set a little child in 
their midst and said, "Except. . .ye become as little children, ye shall 
not enter into the kingdom of heaven." 

Think of the comparison and let the truth sink into your hearts. 
The next time you are tempted to say a careless or a profane word 
see who are your listeners. There is a little boy or girl. She is play- 
ing in the corner. That chance word may be an ugly, vindictive 
hateful one or it can be sweet with the love of the Saviour. 

Two little tots were playing together one day. One came from 
a home where there was want and suffering. But they had love. 
The mother spoke kindly to her children. The tenderness in her 
voice sank into the little one's heart and helped her to grow sweet 
and unselfish. When her playmate wanted his own way she gave 
in to him. "Yes," she said kindly, "we will play your way now. We 
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The good she had found at home had spread to her playmate 
and his eyes had shone with happiness. This is the way good seeds 
blossom in our heart. They are the beautiful things of life. Let us 
plant only good seeds in our garden. Then Jesus will have a sweeter 
place to dwell. 

—Kate Thomas Curial 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE GREAT FLOOD 

Genesis 7 

The Lord told Noah that He would bring a flood of waters upon 
the earth. Noah built a huge boat called an ark. Peter says that 
Noah was a preacher of righteousness. I suppose that when Noah's 
neighbors saw him building this large boat on dry land, they thought 
he was crazy. Surely Noah must have told them how God would 
destroy the people on the earth by water because of their wickedness, 
but they wouldn't believe Noah. They were so satisfied to live in 
the pleasure of sin that they didn't want to believe the truth. People 
haven't changed much, have they? They just don't want to believe 
the truth because it would cause them to give up their foolish sins. 

The day came when God told Noah to get his family and all of 
the animals in the ark because in seven more days it would rain for 
40 days and 40 nights. Noah obeyed God and all of Noah's family, 
his wife, his three sons and their wives — only eight persons — were 
all in the ark. The animals and birds according to how God had 
commanded, were all aboard. Their food 1 and clothes — everything 
they needed was in the ark. And the Lord closed the door and shut 
them in. 

After Noah was 600 years old in the second month and seven- 
teenth day of the month, the rain began to come. The Bible says that 
the fountains of the deep were broken up and the windows of heaven 
were opened. And it rained 40 days and 40 nights. Water came 
from out of the earth and out of the sky. Never, since God created 
man had there been so much water. Every living thing that had 
breath was destroyed. But Noah and his family and the animals and 
birds in the ark were safe. It floated on top of the water, and the 
water got deeper and deeper until the mountains were covered with 
water — nothing but water everywhere. 

Noah's preaching about a great flood had come true. God's 
Word is sure. He does exactly as He says. Today is the day of 
salvation. We should believe God's Word and do what He tells us 
while we have time. 

— Brother Rudy Cover 



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NEWS ETEMS 

NOTICE 

We are sorry the printing of the 1973 General Conference Min- 
utes ha,s been delayed. The Manuscript has been ready, but printers 
contacted could not print before January 1, 1974. Finally, one has 
been located who will print during October. 

—Ray Shank, Writing Clerk 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have 
their communion services October 27 and 28. Services will begin 
Saturday at 10:30 A.M., with afternoon services at 2:00 P.M. The 
Lovefeast will be Saturday evening. Services Sunday A.M. 

We welcome all to come and enjoy these services with us. 

—Sister Ruth Kleinhen, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation of Ceres, California has decided, 
the Lord willing, to hold 1 their fall communion on November 3 and 
4, 1973. We extend a hearty invitation to all to come and share 
the Lovefeast with us. 

—Sister Edyth Kline, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation will begin a 
series of meetings November 9 to 18, with Brother Virgil Leatherman 
as evangelist. Come and enjoy these meetings with us. 

—Sister Elizabeth Wisler, Cor. 

APPRECIATION 

We greatly appreciated the visits, donations, cards, prayers, and 
kindness shown us while Harry was ill and in the hospital. We'll 
always be thankful and pray our Heavenly Father to send a special 
blessing to each one for their acts of kindness to us. 

—Harry and Mamie Hott, Burlington, West Virginia 26710 



I believe that we fail to bring little troubles to God, and perhaps 
on account of their being so little, we fancy that we must not mention 
them to the Most High. There is nothing little to a father in the thing 
that troubles his child. Our God has numbered the very hairs of our 
head, and He will not think that we intrude upon Him if we bring 
our daily troubles to Him. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiies, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Ml 49228 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Ml 49228 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Rudolph Cover 

2307 Oakdale Rd. Space 34 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Charles Leatherman 
R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiies, Superintendent 

Box 188 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
records. 



W. S, Heed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI OCTOBER 15, 1973 NO. 20 

"For the faith once for ai! delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and jpbedience. 



JESUS WHISPERS 

Jesus whispers, I am with you 

In the sunshine, in the cloud 

When the spirit is exalted, 

When the stricken heart is bowed. 

Jesus whispers, I am with you, 

In the battle every day; 
Standing by you in the conflict, 

Going with you all the way. 

Jesus whispers, I am with you, 

In the hour of deepest need, 

When the way is dark and dreary, 
I am with you, I will lead. 

Jesus whispers, I am with you, 

With you still whate'er betide; 

In the sunlight or the shadow, 
1 am ever at thy side. 

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OPPORTUNITIES 

Regardless of our situation in life we all have many opportu- 
nities to help those about us. There are the rich, the poor, the 
young, the old, the small, the great. Each day brings many opport- 
unities to help others. As we come in contact with others about 
us, little may we realize the fears and discouragements that assail 
them. Quite possibly we fail to realize the extent of their despair 
and a word in season could be a great comfort and encouragement 
to them. Our Lord had compassion on such for He said, "Even 
as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, 
and to give his life a ransom for many," Matt. 20:28. Are we 
as compassionate as we should be? 

Jesus was thoughtful of those about Him. When the mul- 
titudes became hungry, Jesus fed them with the five loaves and 
two fishes. He healed all manner of disease because He didn't 
want people to suffer. He was gracious and considerate. Quite 
often the little acts of kindness are the most meaningful. 

We, too, may brighten the corner where we are. A cheerful 
greeting, a helping hand, a word of encouragement may go a long 
way in making another's day more pleasant. Too, there are those 
who are shut in who appreciate visitors. Even in this country 
there are still those who have insufficient food and clothing. "For 
1 was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye 
gave me drink: I was a stranger and ye took me in: Naked and 
ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, 
and ye came unto me. And the King shall answer and say unto 
them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto 
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me," Matt. 
25:35-36, 39. 

So often we are inclined to be selfish and indifferent to the 
troubles and sorrows of others. We fail to demonstrate the love 
and sympathy that we should, therefore we miss many opportu- 
nities of helping others. We hear so much about not wanting to 
become involved, but wouldn't we appreciate someone involving 
themselves in our behalf? This would be practising the golden 
rule. That is what the good Samaritan did in providing clothing 
and medical attention for the man found half dead. Luke 10:30-37. 

If each one who professes to be a servant of the Lord would 
manifest the compassion of our Lord to others, what a different 
world this would be. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for 
in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore 
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who 
are of the household of faith," Gal. 6:9-10. 

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THE PERIL OF RICHES 

We live in a very money- conscious society. There seems 
to be someone telling us all the time how to save money by using 
their service or buying their product. Money buys houses, farms, 
cars, security, independence, pleasurs, position, admiration, and 
many other things. Money is a part of our daily lives. Is money 
sin? No, money is a simple, easy means of exchange for services 
and products which we desire to buy or sell. But attitudes toward 
money and what money will do can be sin, as we will notice in 
this study. Wrong attitudes toward money will take us to hell. 
Right attitudes toward money can increase our eternal rewards. 
We must allow the Scriptures to search out our attitudes and 
motives in the use of money. May God help us to allow this 
study of the Scriptures to put our response to money on a sound, 

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scriptural foundation. 

The Scriptures gve many examples of the destructive power of 
money. Here are a few: Judas, Ananias and Sapphira, Simon the 
sorcerer, Demetrius, and the masters of the deamon-possessed girl. 
Money isj a hard master and drives men beyond that which is 
scriptural and right: Money warps men's judgment and makes them 
cruel and unmerciful. May God help us to put ourselves to the test 
of the Scriptures and accept its judgment upon our use or misuse 
of money. 

The love of money destroys spiritual life. Those who love 
money will make their decisions in life on the basis of financial 
gain. The temptation to make easy money will tempt them to 
do things that are questionable and ensnare them. Their lust for 
money will draw them into foolish decisions and eventually enslave 
them. It finally drowns out spiritual life. The form may remain, 
but the love for God and the things that are pure and holy will 
be gone. Jesus stated it as a fact: "Ye cannot serve God and 
mammon." Jesus described in one of His parables the deaden- 
ing process of a desire to be rich. He speaks of those who heard 
the Word and received it, but "the cares of this world, and the 
deceitful^ess of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, 
choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." On another occasion 
Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly 
enter into the kingdom of heaven." Riches are deceitful because 
they promise us security, prestige, and ease but all the while 
they rob us of spiritual life and vitality. 

Jesus said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness . . .," Matt. 6:33. Paul wrote, "But thou, O man 
of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godli- 
ness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of 
faith, lay hold on eternal life . . .," I Tim. 6:11, 12. Unless we 
clearly set our affection on things above, the desire for money and 
what it will do will destroy us. "Ye cannot serve God and - 
mammon." 

Riches are to be used, not kept. Some men gather wealth 
by unfair means and seek to hoard it for themselves. God's 
judgment rests upon all such. But we do observe some whom 
God gives the ability to gather wealth through industry and just 
means. The Lord's blessing does seem to attend the labors of 
some more than others, and the Lord does not condemn those 
whom He has blessed in this way. He does, however, charge them 
"that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but 
in the living God ..." I Tim. 6:17. Riches will not so quickly 
become a snare to us if we use them as God commands. He 
further charges the rich that "they do good, that they be rich 
in good works, ready to distribute willing to communicate," 
I Tim. 6:18. If those who have the ability to get wealth will 



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follow this command, they can lay up treasures in Heaven and 
avoid the snare of earthly riches. Jesus said, "Sell that ye have, 
and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a 
treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approach- 
eth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there 
will your heart be also," Luke 12:33,34. By transferring our 
dollars into heavenly currency, we can transfer our affection as 
well. Solomon wrote, "There is a sore evil which I have seen 
under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their 
hurt," Eccles. 5:13. 

"Godliness with contentment is great gain." Not only is 
the desire for riches wrong because it endangers our spiritual 
welfare, but it is vain also because it cannot benefit us when we 
leave this world. We cannot take it with us. Jesus illustrated 
for us the foolishness of accumulating wealth in the story of the 
man who pulled down his barns to build greater. His lesson for 
us is obvious. How foolish to spend a lifetime in the pursuit 
of wealth only to leave it behind at death! In the light of these 
facts, we ought to receive Paul's conclusion. "Having food 
and raiment let us be therewith content," I Tim. 6:8. "Let your 
conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness; and be 
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never 
leave thee, nor forsake thee," Heb. 13:5. Such a promise ought 
to be sufficient for our security. "A little that a righteous man hath 
is better than the riches of many wicked." We ought to realize 
that the love for money and possessions and riches indicates a 
serious spiritual lack. We need to lay hold on eternal life. 
Perhaps the words of Solomon would be a fitting prayer for us. 
". . . Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food 
convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who 
is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of 
my God in vain," Prov. 30:8,9. 

■ — Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 

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THE CHRISTIAN DRESS 

Can you go out in the world to town, to work, or to school 
and hear anyone saying, "There is a Christian, living and looking 
for that home on high?" 

I didn't think of writing much in our "Bible Monitor," but 
as I see the days approaching and our professing Christians slipp- 
ing, I find a great need to write and tell these Christians just how 
I personally feel. 

In the days in which we are living we should more and more 
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many Scriptrues in God's Holy Word teaching the plain and modest 
dress: I Tim. 2:9-10 and I Pet. 3:3-5, outward adorning; I Pet. 
1:14-15, our former lusts; I Cor. 11:10-16 and Rom. 12:1-2, 
presenting our bodies a living sacrifice; I John 2:15-17, love not 
the world. 

The Church has throughout her entire history stood against 
the fashions of the world in dress and manner of living. Our 
forefathers set rules for the Christian Church stating, "We should 
maintain the principle of gospel plainness by precept, by example, 
by kind admonitions, and by restrictions." 

The New Testament teaches plainness in apparel, and that the 
Church should carry out this principle. But, we do not see alike 
when it comes right down to carrying out the principle. Some 
say let us dress plain, but let each one judge for himself what 
dressing plain is. Will a course of this kind secure gospel plain- 
ness? Let us see. One will array himself in fine broadcloth, 
cut his hair in the latest style, and claim to dress plain. Another 
will wear a plain gold ring, a plain gold chain, a plain watch, a 
plain pearl, and claim to dress plain. Another will put on a plain 
silk dress and a plain hat. To this some wili add a plain ruffle 
and a plain feather and so it goes on until gospel plainness is for- 
ever gone, because it has been swallowed up by the devil. 

Some people think they must keep up with the other party. 
If our neighbor gets a new Cadillac, we need one too because we 
want to be up high like he. What kind of Christian living is that? 
This Christian has a proud heart, a jealous mind, and needs hum- 
bleness of Spirit and a closer walk with God. I Pet. 5:5, "God 
resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." 

The world changes so the church thinks she must change too. 
You look from the east to the west, from the north to the south 
and you can see that Satan is perching on the front benches of our 
churches today, throwing out his big story — saying you don't 
have to come to church but once every two or three weeks, or just 
whenever you get in the mood. You don't have to sing praises to 
God, because we can have a sparkling organ up there by the 
preacher doing a much better job. Wear any kind of shoes you 
want, white, pink, yellow, or blue, don't wear black because people 
cannot notice them. Don't wear the black bonnet and hat because 
the hippies wear them! God pity the church that has old Split- 
Hoof (Satan) himself perched on the front bench. 

We need to dress plain, we need to go to God's house and 
study the Bible, as well as sing praises to Him. We need to let 
our light shine every day of our life. 

Our churches have gone too far already and what is being 
done? The rules of our churches should be more strict. 

Traveling home from Conference, we stated that we had a 
good time, but did gospel plainness have a good time? To some 



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it did, to some it didn't. Gospel plainness couldn't of had a good 
time to those who wore colored shoes, to those who wore every 
kind of modern dress but the plain modest dress, to those who 
styled their hair high, and set the covering half-way of the head, 
to those who dolled their faces, and to those who showed that 
they have worn the wrist watch. 

Where is our church going to end at? Will there be a sharp 
turn that we will have to take or will the church keep going, hoping 
that someday these poor souls will wake up. Will there be such 
a church as we so-called Dunkard Brethren people in twenty years 
from now? It makes me wonder. 

A man or woman who has been fully taught in the Word of 
God, touching the matter of plain dressing, and whose heart is 
filled with the Spirit of Christ, will never be heard complaining 
because the church's rules are too strict and tries to carry out the 
gospel principle of plain dressing. Let us do the Lord's command- 
ments willingly and not grudgingly. It is only if we do them 
willingly that we will profit by them. We have no room for 
worldly fashions. Let's not take our eyes off of Jesus. We 
need to have a Christ-like spirit everywhere we go. Jesus is 
coming soon! Let's get cleaned up and be watching and waiting 
for Him. We need to search the Scriptures daily and get a 
telephone to God, as His telephone line is never busy. After we 
have reached the Lord by our calling, having repented and having 
done what God wants us to do, we need to take a firm grip on 
God's banister of life and hold on, hold on, hold on. 

"Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people." 

Humbly Submitted, 
— Sister Shirley Stump 
R.I, Union, Ohio 45322 

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LIVING LOVE 

Tender my heart, O Lord, that I will have charity, 

In living love that is a pattern after Thee, 

To live life for the good of others 

Through Thy love Thou wilt put in my heart for another. 

To love my neighbor as myself in all that I think or do 

While on life's journey; for only once, will I pass through. 

Jesus our most precious friend on earth, 
For He gave His life for our new birth; 
That we might have eternal life in glory, 
Is God's promise, His gracious love story. 
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A He loves us, so should we love each other. 

Dear Lord, stir the cooling embers aflame with the fire of fervent 

love, 
That our hearts will be melted in God's furnace above 
With burning love; that lights each life to show 
A radiant warmth that encircles and glows 
With divine love in our very being; 
Shining forth from God in our living. 

Help us dear Lord, to live a life of love each day, 

And be so purged as to give pure iove along our way 

Is the heart cry to the Heavenly Refiner above; 

For our soul longs to give such sweet love 

To our enemy, friend or foe, 

To such a way as would only Thy reflection show. 

God loves us with depth we cannot fathom, 

And gave His only begotten Son for our ransom. 

Make our hearts that love may reign divine 

Flowing from Thy heavenly fountain to enrich and entwine 

One to the other with fervent love never ending; 

Fusing heart with heart in charity abounding. 

My heart longs to be with sisters, loving sisters in tender embrace 
With tears of melted love glistening on their dear sweet face, 
As the love of God flows from each one to the other 
In the joy of sweet love with one another. 
Likewise, brothers with brothers in like manner; for then 
"We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love 
the brethren." 

— Sister Luluvene Yates, West Unity, Ohio 43570 

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MEDITATIONS 

Part 1 

This is the first of a series of pithy sayings, based on sacred 
and solemn subjects of the Bible. Some are witty, some hu- 
morous, but all have an interesting meaning. 

They have been collected over a period of years. Some 
are original, most are not. Credit cannot be given an author 
because they are unknown. 

A proverb is a sentence, made from a long experience. 

A funeral sermon should comfort the troubled and trouble 
the comforted. 



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Gambling is getting nothing for something. 

Prodigal boys come home empty-handed, but prodigal girls 
have their arms full. 

An old person prayed, "Lord, prepare us for what you are 
preparing for us." 
« Love triangles turn out as wreck tangles. 

There is a difference between having to say something and 
having something to say. 
J If Christ is kept outside, there is something wrong inside. 

It is easy for the mill wheel to turn when the stream is full. 

Highway men rob men of money but a gossiper robs him- 
self of character. 

A lot of kneeling keeps you in good standing with the Father. 

The devil is mighty, but Cod is Almighty. 

It is bad to have more dollars than sense. 

Just because a man is not a leader is no reason why he should 
be a blind follower. 

In Christ we are tuned with the Infinite, but out of Christ 
our whole life is discord. 

You cannot help another up the hill without getting a little 
closer to the top yourself. 

God often digs the wells of joy with the spade of sorrow. 

The smallest bugs in the Bible are the widow's mite and the 
wicked flea. 

The initials of The New Testament are T. N. T. which weans 
power, dynamite, and force. 

Bethlehem means "The House of Bread." The Bread of 
life was born there. 

No one ever heard of anyone bruising their hand by patting 
some discouraged soul on the back. 

The Sermon on the Mount is the Constitution of Life 

— Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 1 17, Greentown, Ohio 44630 

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One of the most common mistakes is to mistake our wish for 
His will. 

No, I'm not sorry I chose the way of the Cross, for the way 
of the Cross leads home. 
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GROWING IN GRACE 

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" 
and also all that is in them. He created everything perfect 
and full, Adam, too, was full-grown when he was created 



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Today, however, we see small beginnings, with a growth toward 
perfection. Jesus Christ came to this earth as a babe with a 
mother to care for and with power to increase "in wisdom, and 
stature, and in favor with God and man." It is generally known 
that when we are born again, we shall have the power to "grow in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" 
(II Peter 3:18). 

"What is grace?" was asked of an old colored man, who for 
over forty years had been a slave. "Grace," he replied, "is what 
I should call giving something for nothing." In Ezek. 34:26, 
God says, "I will cause the shower to come down in his season; 
there shall be showers of blessings." Please note the plural word 
"showers." God will send all kinds of blessings into a growing 
life, and they will fit together like links in a chain. Have you 
not experienced the great joy which comes when you are growing 
in grace? The clouds are lighter, the sun shines brighter, the 
birds sing sweeter, and the burdens are easier to bear ■ — all 
because He giveth grace. 

It has been said, "The Christian graces are like perfumes, 
the more they are pressed, the sweeter they smell; like stars 
that shine brightest in the dark; like trees which the more they 
are shaken, the deeper root they take and the more fruit they 
bear." Pure food, fresh air, and plenty of exercise are essentials 
in the life of a growing person. Just so, they are requirements 
in spiritual growth. First, the Bible is spiritual food, pure and 
holy. Christians are admonished of God to feed on His Word. 
The Holy Spirit dwelling within the child of His helps him to 
breathe the fresh air from that Word. "Prayer is the Christian's 
vital brath," and without it the Christian dies. Spiritual ex- 
ercise may be considered as obedience. Paul grew and was 
blessed while laboring, but he had a purpose in view in his work. 
He said, "This one thing I do," and kept it uppermost in his 
mind. A person grows in grace and in the knowledge of His 
Lord and Saviour by doing. "You pray for the graces of faith 
and hope and love; but prayer alone will not bring them . . . 
They must be wrought in you through labor and patience and 
suffering . . They are not kept put up in bottles for us, to be 
had for the mere asking; they must be the outgrowth of the life 
. . .Prayer for them will be answered, but God will have us work 
on each one in the way of duty." 

You may be asked to speak on a certain topic or to teach a 
Sunday-school class, or some other service may be requested, 
but you reply, "I can't" or, "Get someone else." Meekness 
and modesty have their place and should be practiced by all 
Christians, but false humility, carelessness, and laziness are sins 
that stunt one's growth. The Christian surely loses a blessing 
when he refuses to do something for his Lord and Saviour ■ — be 



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it ever so small. 

Too many people, even Christians, are content to live like 
men in mines who do not see the sun. Their lives are dark and 
they see no light. They seemingly do not care to aspire to a 
higher, nobler, and fuller life. What joy, peace, and beauty 
abound when th sun breaks forth after a shower. The air is purer. 
The grass is greener. The whole world seems happier. The 
same is true as the Christian works for his Lord and Saviour and 
grows in grace. After he has been through a storm and comes 
out still on the Lord's side, he has a great peace and joy "that 
passeth all understanding," and his life grows more beautiful 
each day in the sight of the Lord. No Christian is growing as 
much as he could. Now is a good time to resolve to grow in 
grace. "Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the 
world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his 
full and excellent brightness." Just as the light shines twenty- 
four hours in a day from the sun, so grace comes continually from 
the throne of God, and it is for all who honestly seek for it and 
desire to possess it. It is not limited to anyone. Continually 
God sends more and more. "Let us come boldly to the throne of 
grace." 

October is often called the golden month, but in a larger 
sense every month is golden, every day a golden day, every moment 
a golden moment. They come from God laden with opportunities 
for service to our fellow man and to the One who gives them. 
If we neglect them they are as dry as withered leaves with no 
value and carry no promise of future reward or happiness. 

Good seed, good soil, and good weather make a good crop. 
Good soil in the heart is necessary for a strong, growing character. 
Applications can be made from the weeds that grow in the gardens. 
Some people are diligent and cultivate their gardens continually. 
They hardly know there are any weeds because they destroy them 
while they are still small. Others wait until they are taller and 
then get busy with the cultivator. Where it does not touch the 
weeds grow on, and later much effort is required to destroy them. 
Then all labor ceases for a while, and several weeks later the 
battle must be fought all over again. Another class of people 
never seem to catch up with the weeds. Early in the season the 
weeds get ahead of them, and they remain so all year. One can 
hardly tell what the crop is supposed to be. Do not let the 
weeds grow in your life and choke out your crop. God expects 
fruit in your life and rightly so. That fruit is the chief blessing 
of a growing life. It is a cluster made up of "love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, tem- 
perance." If the Christian life is barren of one of these, it is 
fruitless of all. Oh, the disappointment of a fruitless harvest! 
No doubt, everyone knows the keen disappointment of no harvest, 



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after* having worked hard during the summer, if conditions have 
been such to hinder the growth of the crop. There is nothing 
to show for one's hard labor. The disappointment of a fruitless 
life must be much greater! The Christian ought to> ask God 
to help him to grow and bear fruit, even at the price of the, 
pruning that He sees best. 

"The growth of grace is like the polishing of metals. There 
is first an opaque surface; by and by you see a spark dart- 
ing out, then a strong light; till at length it sends back a perfect 
image of the sun that shines upon it." As the Christian grows 
in grace, truly he can let his light shine and glorify his Father 
which is in heaven. 

The Christian should not hope to find higher standards in 
other than those he has set for himself. God has promised never 
to leave nor forsake His own; therefore, set your ideals and 
standards high as possible. "But grow in grace, and in the 
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," and He will 
lead you on to perfection. 

"More like the Master I would live and grow; 

More of His love to others I would show; 

More self-denial, like His in Galilee; 

More like the Master I long to ever be." 

— Selected from Christian Monitor 

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WHY DO YOU STUDY THE BIBLE? 

There are many who spend time in studying the Bible whose 
attitudes and methods prevent their acquiring much knowledge. 
Some are what might be called random readers. They just read 
here and there in the Bible with no plan and ignoring much of it. 

Then there is the occasional reader who usually forgets 
what he previously read before beginning again. 

There is also the careless reader who just lets the Bible 
fall open any place and without any awareness of who is speaking, 
to whom he is speaking, nor the circumstances surrounding the 
chapter. He takes up reading hoping for knowledge, wisdom 
and spiritual strength. It will never come this way. Paul wrote 
to Timothy, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word 
of truth," II Tim. 2:15. 

Look with me at some wrong motives, methods and attitudes 
of Bible study. Some study the Bible to find oddities in it. 
Some who read the Bible are really not interested in its Divine 
Message. Instead, they read to find such unimportant items as 
the longest and shortest verse, chapter or book, others have 



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sought out its middle chapter, verse and even its middle letter. 
Some seek to find the most frequently used word in the Bible. 

Some of the enemies of the Bible know a great deal about it 
as Phil. 3:18 indicates. But its enemies seek items to criticize. 
Some diligently seek to find some contradiction in the Bible, but 
as Paul said in I Cor. 14:33, "God is not the author of confusion," 
either in the assembly or in His Word. The Bible is not a collec- 
tion of Ripley's "believe it or not," nor a collection of the strange, 
odd, or curious, and if you read it to find its oddities, you will 
never find its message. 

A second reason why people read the Bible is to show their 
knowledge, or to impress others. Some acquire knowledge of 
the Bible just to do that. Such persons seem to think that Paul 
said, "Study to show thyself," when he actually said, "Study to 
shew thyself approved unto God." Knowledge is not for mere 
display before men, nor a stepping stone to pride. Some, like 
Diotrephes, love to have the preeminence, III Jn. 9. Unfort- 
unately, in many churches, a mere pittance of knowledge, when 
it is frequently and publicly displayed, will prove and provide 
preeminence. Some utter great swelling words of vanity, when 
if the complete truth were known, they understand neither what 
they say, not whereof they affirm. If you learn scripture and 
quote it to show how smart you are, you are to be pitied. 

In the third place, some think the Bible belongs to a special 
class. There are some who seem to think the Bible belongs to 
a special priestly caste or to the ministry. Both Catholics and 
Protestants seem to think that the priests and preachers have some 
special insight in understanding the Bible. But Paul said that 
God's grace had been made known unto all men, Titus 2:1 1. 

The four gospel accounts were written especially to benefit 
unbelievers. The book of Acts instructs the non-christian what 
he has to do to become a Christian and the Epistles are written 
to instruct Christians how to live to please God. Every spiritual 
need of every person is supplied by God's revelation and is not 
given to some particular class. Feeling that one must have some 
special insight in order to understand the Bible or a feeling that 
one is not intended to understand the Bible crushes any incentive 
to study of the Scriptures. The ungodly human distinction be- 
tween clergy and laity has always been a blight hindering universal 
and personal Bible study. 

Then finally there are those who study the Bible as a source 
of appropriate quotations from which to embellish political speech- 
es. Sometimes a preacher seizes upon brief statements from the 
Bible as a proof text without giving any consideration to the con- 
text and quoted statement. One preacher used the statement 
of Jesus in nJ. 19:30, "It is finished" as He stated that on the 
cross as a text for a dedication sermon for a meeting house. Such 



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is certainly a misuse of the context and the Scriptures of God. 
The Bible is the most abused book in the world by some, and un- 
fortunately it is often bruised in the house of its friends. Persons 
who misuse God's Word are the enemies of the cross of Christ 
whether intentionally or inadvertently. Thus we all should be 
deeply concerned about handling the Scriptures, that we handle 
aright the Word of Truth. "Study to shew thyself approved to 
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth," II Tim. 2:15. 

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GOD REMEMBERS NOAH 

Gen. 8:1-19 

Noah and his family with the animals and birds were safe in 
the big boat that he had built. There was water everywhere. 
After forty days it stopped raining but the water remained above 
the highest mountains for one hundred and fifty days. But the 
ark floated on the water. Then God remembered Noah and 
every living thing and caused a wind to pass over the earth to 
dry up the water. And the wind blew and blew. 1 just wonder 
how Noah and all the animals got along. When the wind blows 
hard it makes the water rough and a boat will rock around and 
go up and down and sometimes people get sea-sick. The Bible 
doesn't say that Noah had any trouble that way. 

At last the ark came to a stop. It had struck ground and 
rested on a high mountain called Ararat. Then after forty days 
more Noah opened the window of the ark and sent a raven out of 
it. A raven is a big black bird like a crow and can live on dead 
animals. It flew back and forth to the ark until the waters 
were dried enough for it to live on land. Noah also sent out a 
dove but it couldn't find a dry place so returned to the ark 
and Noah took hold of her and pulled the dove back into the ark. 
Then he waited another seven days and sent her out again. This 
time the dove returned with an olive leaf that she had picked 
off a tree so Noah knew the water was drying up. Once again 
Noah sent forth the dove and this time she didn't return. 

When Noah was six hundred and one years old, exactly a 
year according to our calender from the time he entered the 
ark, he opened up the ark and looked out. The water was gone 
and the earth was dry. How good it seemed to Noah and his 
family to see the ground again. 

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wife and, his sons and their wives and let all the animals out. 
Can't you just see the animals going in every direction, running 
and jumping, and feeling so good. 

God had cleansed the earth and now everything could start 
over again. Cod had remembered Noah because he was a 
righteous man. — Brother Rudy Cover 

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NEWS ITEMS 

MARRIAGE 

ROYER — CHUPP 
Sister Mary Ellen Royer, daughter of Brother Nathan Royer 
and the late Sister Grace Moss Royer, Dallas Center, Iowa, and 
Brother Alvin Chupp, Quinter, Kansas, were united in marriage 
on July 21, 1973. Elder Ray Reed performed the ceremony at 
the Royer home. They are making their home at Quinter, Kansas, 
Box 281. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

The Goshen Congregation closed a two-weeks revival meeting 
on August 26, our evangelist being Brother Paul Hartz from 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Through these efforts five precious souls 
were added to the church. 

We again extend an invitation to all who can come and be 
with us at our fall communion November 3, beginning at 2:00 P.M. 

— Sister Maxine Swihart, Cor. 

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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR NOVEMBER, 1973 

CAPTIVITY 



Memory Verse, II Chr. 28:11 
Now hear me therefore, and 
deliver the captives again, 
which ye have taken captive 
of your brethren: for the 
fierce wrath of the Lord is 



upon you. 
Thurs. 1 — Gen. 



14:1-24 



Fri. 2— Gen. 31 :l-35 
Sat. 3— Deut. 28:15-48 

Memory Verse, II Chr. 28:13 
And said unto them, Ye 
shall not bring in the cap- 



tives hither: for whereas we 
have offended against the 
Lord already, ye intend to 
add more to our sins and to 
our trespass; for our tres- 
pass is great, and there is 
fierce wrath against Israel. 
Sun 4 — Deut. 28:49-68 
Mon. 5— Deut. 30:1-20 
Tues. 6 — I Kings 8:22-53 
Wed. 7—11 Kings 5:1-27 
Thurs. 8—11 Kings 6:1-23 
Fri. 9—11 Kings 15:1-31 
Sat. 10—11 Kings 24:1-20 



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Memory Verse, II Chr. 28:15 
And the men which were 
expressed by name rose up, 
and took the captives, and 
with the spoil clothed all 
that were naked among 
them, and arrayed them, 
and shod them, and gave 
them to eat and to drink, 
and anointed them, and 
carried all the feeble of 
them upon asses, and 
brought them to Jericho, 
the city of palm trees, to 
their brethren: then they 
returned to Samaria. 
Sun. 11—1 Chron. 5:1-26 
Mon. 12—11 Chron. 6:32-42 
Tues. 13—11 Chron. 28:1-27 
Wed. 14—11 Chron. 29:1-36 
Thurs. 15—11 Chron. 30:1-27 
Fri. 16 — Ezra 1:1-11 
Sat. 17— Ezra 3:1-13 

Memory Verse, Psa. 105:1 
O give thanks unto the 
Lord; call upon his name: 
make known his deeds 
among the people. 

Sun. 18— Psa. 105:1-45 

Mon. 19— Ezra 4:1-24 

Tues. 20 — Ezra 5:1-17 

Wed. 21— Ezra 6:1-22 

Thurs. 22— Psa. 106:1-48 

Fri. 23— Ezra 7:1-28 



Sat. 24— Ezra 8:15-36 
Memory Verse, II Chr. 30:9 
For if ye turn again unto 
the Lord, your brethren and 
your children shall find 
compassion before them 
that lead them captive, so 
that they shall come again 
into this land: for the Lord 
your God is gracious and 
merciful, and will not turn 
away his face from you, if 
ye return unto him. 
Sun. 25— Ezra 9:1-15 
Mon. 26 — Ezra 10:1-17 
Tues. 27— Job 42:9-17 
Wed. 28— Psa. 14:1-7 
Thurs. 29 — Psa. 53:1-6 
Fri. 30— Psa. 68:1-35 

Memory Verses, Psa. 53 :6 
Oh that the salvation of 
Israel were come out of 
Zion! When God bring- 
eth back the captivity of his 
people, Jacob shall rejoice, 
and Israel shall be glad. 
Psa. 68:18 Thou hast 
ascended on high, thou hast 
led captivity captive: thou 
hast received gifts for men; 
yea, for the rebellious also, 
that the Lord God might 
dwell among them. 



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ADULT 


SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 


NOV 


„ 1973 


Nov. 


4 - 
I Sa 


- The Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel, 
m. 11 :1-15 






Nov. 


11 


— The Lord will not forsake his people. 


i Sam. 


12 


1-25 


Nov. 


18 


— THANKSGIVING Psa. 100 








Nov. 


25 


— Saul reproved for not being obedient. 


1 Sam. 


13 


1-23 



¥« S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI 



NOVEMBER 1, 1973 



NO. 21 



'For the faith once for all delivered to the saints.' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and o bedience. 



THE REFUGE OF PRAYER 

This world with its sorrows brings sadness, 
This world with its trouble brings care; 

But Jesus hath promised us comfort 

When we bring it to Him in prayer. 

Temptations may often assail us,. . 

Burdens grow heavy to bear; 
But Jesus hath promised to keep us 

And help every burden to share. 

Heartaches may often be hidden, 

In things that to us may seem fair; 

But Jesus will always be with us 

When we bring it to Him in prayer. 

So whatever in this life confronts us, 

Sorrow, temptations or care; 
We should ever and always trust Jesus 

And walk with Him humbly in prayer. 

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A FIRM FOUNDATION 

In these times of change, uncertainity and social deterioration 
many vital things are being cast aside and forgotten. Standards 
that have been tested and have proven their high value are being 
torn down and untried concoctions, the product of deluded minds 
are being 1 heralded to the people as criterions to govern men in 
this so-called "New Era" in which we are supposed to be living. 
The authority back of all this is twentieth century intellectualism 
and it indicates the spiritual depravity among the educated leaders 
of the day. 

In the churches, confusion reigns and the people eat, drink 
and make merry, hardly knowing what they believe or why they 
believe it. There is no firm foundation, government is every 
man for himself, and discipline is a lost art. The reason for this 
is simple. The inspired Word of Cod is being cast aside and 
human theories substituted as a standard. True, there are a 
few denominations that are trying to cling to scriptural teachings 
but in comparison to the whole of professing Christendom, if 
is but a remnant. A little calm reflection should clear up much 
of the confusion that is existing if folk would just cut loose from 
the giddy whirl of popularity and center their minds on a few 
facts pointed out in the Scriptures. 

It should be remembered that there are some things that do 
not change in this world. "Remember them which have the 
rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose 
faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus 
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Heb. 13:7-8) 
The Word of God does not change; Jesus Christ does not change; 
the true faith does not change; and men who are converted to 
the gospel do not change if they are true to their baptismal 
covenant. These facts should be kept in mind in weighing 
present day conditions. 

In writing to the Hebrews, Paul declares Jesus to be the 
mediator and high priest of the new covenant and uses this as a 
basis for some vital exhortation. "And having a high priest 
over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in 
full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold 
fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is 
faithful that promised). (Heb. 10:21-23.) There are two 

important thoughts that this reference suggests to us which we 
wish to point out. The first is, have the right faith, and the 
second, hold fast to that faith without wavering. 

With all the confusion that is existing in professing Christen- 
dom it is certain that many do not have the true faith of the gospel; 



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and a large per cent of those who do make a profession of faith, 
do not hold fast to that profession. 

What is this profession of faith to which we should hold fast? 
Those of us who have been baptized into the true faith, will re- 
member that when we were led down into the liquid stream to 
be baptized, the officiating minister asked us this question: "Do 
you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he brought 
from heaven a saving gospel?" Our answer was "yes". This 
was our profession of faith before God and the bystanding wit- 
nesses. These two impregnable facts, the divinity of Christ and 
the saving power of the gospel is the only firm foundation, the 
only stabilizing influence and the only hope for the human family 
in this dispensation. "Neither is there salvation in any other; 
for there is none other name under heaven given among men 
whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12.) It is because of the 
fact that many who have professed Christianity have failed to hold 
fast to their profession that they are confused, bewildered and 
deluded. Entering a covenant relationship with God is no trifling 
matter; "God is not mocked." 

Christion people must hold these truths sacred at all costs. 
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His gospel is the only saving 
power in the world. This is a firm foundation upon which to 
build for time and for eternity. "Ye also, as lively stones, are 
built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual 
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also 
it is contained in the scripture, behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner 
stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be 
confounded." (I Pet. 2:5-6.) 



Editorial from February, 1960 Bible Monitor 



THE BiBLE MONITOR NOVEMBER 1, 1973 

Published semi-monthly by the Board of Publication of the Dunkard 
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343 S. George Street, York, Pa., 17403. 

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THE WORLD 

In the Bible the word "world" is used in three different 
senses. First it is used to describe the material universe, the 
original creation of God, as in Acts 17:24, when Paul on Mar's 
hill declared, "God that made the world, and all things therein, 
seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in 
temples made with hands." Secondly it is used in the sense of 
the whole human family of mankind, as in John 3:16, "For God 
so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that who- 
soever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting 
life." In the third sense it is used to describe the present world 
system that is controlled by Satan, "the prince of this world." 
John 16:11. 

God created the material world for His glory and gave posses- 
sion, of it to man, who was the crowning object of His creation. 
He pronounced all His work of creation to be very good. But 
as we know, man fell from his high and perfect estate in his 
choice of obeying Satan rather than his Creator. When he did 
this, he gave Satan a foothold to become "the prince of this 
world." The inevitable result has been the domination by Satan, 
not only of the natural man, but also over the works of man. 
The one exception has been those chosen few who have repudiated 
Satan and received Christ as their Saviour. We want to consider 
this last "world" and its relation to the Christian, of whom Jesus 
prayed, "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the 
world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They 
are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." 

Scofield in his footnotes sums up the "Kosmos," or the pres- 
ent world-system, in these words, "In the sense of the present 
world system, the ethically bad sense of the word, refers to the 
'order,' or 'arrangement,' under which Satan has organized the 
world of unbelieving mankind upon his cosmic principles of force, 
greed, selfishness, ambition, and pleasure. This world-system 
is imposing and powerful with armies and fleets. It is often out- 
wardfy religious, scientific, cultured, and elegant; but, seething 
with national and commercial rivalries and ambitions, is upheld 
in any real crisis only by armed force, and is dominated by Satanic 
principles." What an accurate description of today's world! 

John declares that "the whole world lieth in wickedness." 
I John 5:19. But he also says, "For whatsoever is bom of 
God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcomefh 
the world, even our faith." I John 5:4. 

Let us go back for a moment to the garden of Eden. God 
had created man and woman and placed them in the beautiful 
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happiness and well being. God's only commands were that 
they dress the garden and keep it, thereby giving them something 
to occupy their time. But God also said, "Of every tree of the 
garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge 
of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou 
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Along came Satan through 
the serpent, saying, "Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know 
that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes chall be opened, 
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." As we know 
from that day to this there has been a continual domination of 
the minds of men by the evil one, and the ensuing result is plainly 
visible in the condition of this present world system. 

Satan not only controls man's mind, but also the works of 
his hands. In every field of man's endeavor, namely, government, 
finance, commerce, politics, education, and even religion we can 
behold an ever increasing domination of men by the Satanic 
influence. In eating of the forbidden fruit man came into 
possession of knowledge, but he lost "the wisdom that is from 
above." The Word says, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning 
of wisdom." Satan has taken advantage of man's lack of fear 
of God in his efforts to dominate man, and through ungodly men 
he has built this present world system, which is alien to God. 
We believe through studying God's Word that this system will 
continue to grow worse and worse, and finally it will find its 
culmination in the beast kingdom of Rev. 13. Through this devil- 
incarnate man of sin will come Satan's last and final desperate 
attempt to overthrow God's authority, and to set up his complete 
lordship over the earth. But thanks be to God, we know it 
will fail. 

Let us now consider for awhile the attitude and relationship 
of a born-again Christian toward this Satan-dominated world 
system. John says, "Love not the world, neither the things that 
are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father 
is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, 
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father,' 
but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lusts 
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." I 
John 2:15-17. In the Word we read, "He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be 
damned." Mark 16:16. When an applicant is kneeling in the 
water, the administrator asks him if he is willing to renounce 
Satan with all his pernicious ways. An affirmative answer means 
that we are renouncing not only Satan, but also his world system. 
We are speaking here of things spiritual. Our birth and life 
here are dominated by the old Adamic nature, which is at enmity 
with God. Since the opposite^ if birth and life is death, it will 
then take a death to rid us of this nature. Paul tells we must 



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crucify the old man with his affections and lusts. He says 
further, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into 
Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are 
buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was 
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we 
also shouid walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted 
together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the like- 
ness of His resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is cruci- 
fied with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that hence 
forth we should not serve sin." Symbolically, when we go down 
under the water we are crucifying the old man, the old sinful 
nature, and are testifying to the world that we are renouncing 
this present world system. Then when we come up out of the 
water, we are leaving the world buried there, and are being born 
again' into a new life in Christ Jesus. Our old love for the world 
and worldly things is buried there, and a new love for God and 
the things of God replaces it from henceforth. 

Jesus prayed that we should not be taken out of the world, 
but that we should be kept from the evil. [John 17.) From 
henceforth we are to be a living witness to men of the world that 
we are not a part of Satan's kingdom. We have to live in the 
world until God sees fit to remove us, and we have to work to 
provide for the families He has given us, but we are specifically 
warned by the Saviour, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon 
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break 
through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven." 
Also the Word says, "That which is highly esteemed among men 
is abomination in the sight of God." 

Sometimes we are confronted with situations in which it is 
not easy for us to decide the way we ought to go. Jesus provides 
us with the answer in such cases. He said, "I will pray the 
Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may 
abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world 
cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: 
but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." 
Note that He says, "He shall be in you." Jesus also said, "But 
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will 
send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." 
What a wonderful p-omise! Do we ask the Spirit to guide and 
teach us? Paul said, "As many as are led bv the Spirit of God, 
they are the sons of God." If we are led by the Spirit, and allow 
Him frem rein in our lives, He will show us by His restraining 
power whether or not we are overstepping our separation from the 
world. The extent to which we allow the Spirit to dominate and 
lead our lives determines the degree of our separation and the 
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us to listen to Him, but He is more than willing to lead us closer 
and closer to God. It is up to us to listen for that still small voice 
and follow His leading. We know that Satan and his world system 
will eventually be destroyed, and unless we are separated from it, 
we will be destroyed with it. The more we dabble in the things 
of the world — the things that please the natural man — the 
less the Spirit can, and will, lead us. 

Paul said, "The time is short: it remaineth, that both they 
that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, 
as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they 
rejoiced not: and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 
and they that use this world as not abusing it." In other words, 
let us not place our affections on the things of this world, but in 
the things of Cod that are everlasting and sure. May we pray 
continually that God will keep our hearts and minds in Christ 
Jesus our Lord. This Is the only safe place, and so much the 
more as we see the end approaching. 

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THE CHRISTIAN'S TIME FOR PRAYER 

AND BIBLE STUDY 

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and 
when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in 
secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee 
openly," Matthew 6:6. 

There is a real need for God's people to have regular worship 
services together such as we have on Sundays. There is also 
a need for a family altar in each home, where the family gathers 
each day for prayer, the reading of God's Word, and singing. 
Furthermore, there is need for each individual Christian to have 
a time and place for private prayer and Bible study daily. 

!n the language of our text, Jesus warned His disciples not 
to be like the hypocrites who did their praying on the streets of 
the town to be seen of men. Undoubtedly they also chose a 
time of day in which the streets would be full of people. These 
hypocrites offered prayers only to be heard and seen of men. 
Such petitions were empty and worthless. 

Jesus takes for granted that His disciples do pray. He 
invites them to enter into the secret place where, unnoticed by 
all others, they may offer up their prayers to God. Circumstances 
may arise when it would be all right for the Christian to pray on 
the streets of the town, but never should one do so to make a 
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Christ shows that personal, private prayer is the duty and 
privilege of every one of His followers. All down through the 
ages, faithful men and women of God have prayed. Isaac prayed 
while in the field. Christ prayed while He was out alone, away 
from everyone but God. Peter prayed upon a housetop. Daniel 
prayed three times a day in his room in Babylon, with his windows 
open toward Jerusalem, being unafraid of the king's command- 
ment. The Bible abounds in examples of how God heard and 
answered the prayers of His people. 

In addition to private prayer, the Christian's devotional time 
should include the reading of a portion of God's Word and medita- 
tion thereon. Read a portion carefully and thoughtfully. Let 
its truths impress your mind and heart. In Acts 17 we are told 
of the Bereans who "were more noble than those in Thessalonica, 
in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and 
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." 
God gave the Bible to us so that we may have a true knowledge 
of sin, of its remedy, and of how we should live. We need to 
learn to know the Word better. There is no substitute for regular, 
thoughtful, consecrated study of the Bible. Many church dif- 
ficulties can be attributed to the lack of a knowledge of the Word 
of God. Study it for your own pleasure and profit in addition to 
your preparation of the Sunday-school lesson or other duty that 
you may have. 

Some Christians believe they are too busy for private de- 
votion each day. If God would make the days and nights of 
twenty-six hours instead of twenty-four hours, would there be 
time then? If you would use a half hour of fifteen of your 
waking hours each day, it would be only three and one-third per- 
cent. Who could say that would be too much? Let every 
Christian conscientiously consider the amount of time he should 
spend alone with God. 

The morning is usally the best time of the day for prayer and 
Bible study. Many Christians spend the first part of every day 
alone with God. Undoubtedly these have wisely considered the 
importance of beginning each day with God, for it is then that 
the mind is clearest, and there is less interference from visitors, 
from other members of the family, and from the telephone. 

Some Christians perfer the evening for private devotion. 
This also is a good time if the mind and body are not too tired. 

Sunday afternoons offer real opportunities for fellowship 
with God alone. 

Do you have regular private devotion daily? If not, why not? 
Can you afford to go through life without this great blessing? 
Begin today. Go where you can be all alone with God. Pour 
out your heart in fervent prayer to Him, confessing your sins, 
yielding yourself fully to Him, and asking Him in faith for His 



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sustaining grace. Pray that God may open your eyes to behold 
wondrous things out of His law. Make definite requests of God. 
Pray for the church, for its leaders, its conferences, its missions. 
Pray for your friends by name. Plead with God in behalf of the 
unsaved. 

When you open the Bible, read with an earnest desire to 
obtain God's message for you, and be sure that you are willing to 
obey regardless of the cost. Oh, may we humbly obey all that 
God has for us to do. 

Our Saviour said, "Abide in me, and i in you. As the 
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no 
more can ye, except ye abide in me." Here Jesus plainly tells 
His disciples of the impossibility of bearing fruit for Him if we do 
not abide in Him. 

In the latter part of the tenth chapter of Luke we have the 
account of Jesus' visit in the home of Mary and Martha. Martha, 
who was cumbered with much serving while Mary sat at Jesus' 
feet and heard His Word, came to Him with this request: "Lord, 
dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? 
bid her therefore that she help me." The answer of Jesus is 
significant: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about 
many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that 
good part, which shall not be taken away from her." 

Satan will try desperately to prevent the Christian from 
having private devotions with God. We need to be strong in our 
resolve to be alone with God each day. God will meet with us 
and bless our fellowship with Him. Christians should never let 
the secular affairs of life so completely fill their days that there 
is no time to be alone with God, the source of strength. Jesus 
said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; 
and all these things shall be added unto you." 

Through your daily period of private devotion you will find 
that your Christian life is enriched. Your Bible will become 
more precious to you as the days go by. You will be a growing 
Christian. Your Christian service will become a source of 
greater joy and satisfaction. The tempter will have less power 
over you. Christ will come to help you in the hour of trial. 
Preaching services will be more meaningful, and the other 
services will be more interesting to you. You will be a more 
efficient exemplar of the teachings of Christ in this dark world 
of sin. More effective will be your labors for the salvation of 
the lost. Day by day you will experience real joy aand peace 
as you walk and talk with God. 

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and 
not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint," Isa. 40:31. 

— Leroy Gingerich 



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MEDITATIONS 

Part 2 

Faults are thick when love is thin. 

Do not judge your friend until you wear his shoes. 

The only safe and sure way to destroy an enemy is to make 
him your friend. 

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. 

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and 
take without forgetting. 

One can tell where the lamplighter was by the trail he left 
behind him. 

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the 
optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 

God warms His hands at man's heart when he prays. 

Doing little things with a strong desire to please Cod makes 
them really great. 

The secret if success is consistency of purpose. 

It is better to know the Rock of Ages than to know the age 
of rocks. 

The Bread of Life has never been rationed. 

Blunt words have sharp edges. 

God's Word stands as a red light at the intersection, warning 
people of danger. 

If we expect God to do it all, than we propose to do nothing. 

Mother crocheted all evening and ravel 
tes. Life is a bit like that. 

Preaching about Hell burns some folks up. 

Life is like a watch and needs rewindir 
iding. 

Character is what you stand for; reputation is what you fall 



Mother crocheted all evening and raveled it out in five 
minutes. Life is a bit like that. 



Life is like a watch and needs rewinding. Prayer is the 
rewinding. 

for. 



It is possible to have a lot of Churchanity and little Chris- 
tianity. 



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The pearly gates are the needle's eye we should be con- 
cerned about, 

Adam was behind a tree. Nathaniel was under a tree. 
Zacchaeus was up a tree. Jesus was on a tree. 

The road of restitution is a bit hard to travel, but the return 
trip is the sweetest ever taken. 

Some poor prodigals never return. They finish out their 
lives in the hog pens of a far away country. 

Gossip may be truth but told with malicious intent. 

Let your speech be a chain of flawless links. 

A sharp tongue is a sure sign of a dull brain. 

Many a man has left the dock just before his ship came in. 

■ — Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 127, Greentown, Ohio 

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THE HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER FOR HEALING 

A great many people are interested in the subject of divine 
healing, and there is much preaching and teaching concerning it. 
But it seems there is very little said about the part of the Spirit 
of God in healing. Maybe everyone just takes it for granted 
that His part is understood thoroughly. Perhaps it is. On 
the other hand, it might help us to know what the Bible 'has. 
to say on the subject, since there is a very close relation between 
divine healing and the Holy Spirit. 

Eminent religious leaders have pointed out that the church 
of today knows very little of the Spirit of God, His person, His 
position, and His work. The church would do well to search 
out and study the Bible to see how much it needs the Spirit of 
God in its midst, especially when there is a need for physical 
healing 

I Corinthians 12 says that the gifts of God are administered 
by the Sprit. Hebrews 2:4 also affirms this truth. This gives 
us some idea of the importance of the Holy Spirit in the matter 
of healinq. Administering healing is His work, according to 
the Fathe-'s will. He is the one to inspire faith for healing 
and to dictate the circumstances under which it is to be received. 

In the history of the healing esses that I know about, there 
are many instances where a particular Christian sought healing 
Kit did not get it until a oa^ticuiar time and situation evolved, in 
which it seemed io them that the Spirit of God was ordering the 



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whole affair. We have cases like that recorded in the Bible. 

Some Are Not Healed 

Why are some healed and others are not? Why do some 
good Christian people seek healing for a long time even years 
— and do not get an answer, and then all at once the enswer 
will come? To be honest, we must admit that we do not know. 
There are some things concerning the divine economy that are 
closed to us. 

We can, however, put some things down for certain. Our 
heavenly Father can, and does, heal today. Anyone seeking 
healing should be under the obedient control of the Spirit of 
Qod and be willing to obey His still, small voice in all things. 
The seeker should be walking in all the light of truth that he 
possesses. Willingness to obey is the good soil out of which 
a strong faith can grow. Disobedience and unwillingness will 
kifl faith, while obedience and willingness inspire faith. Faith 
is an important part of divine healing. Notice James 5:14-15: 

"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of 
the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil 
in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the 
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed 
sins, they shall be forgiven him." 

This important condition is sometimes ignored and bypassed 
by some who preach divine healing. Healing is not offered 
wholesale, willy-nilly to any and all who want it simply through 
prayer. God will not heal a person who is rebellious to His will. 
(Besides it doesn't seem right to ask for healing from the Cod 
whom one is not serving.) 

Sometimes persons seek realing in a sort of demanding way 
— insisting that God should heal them because of the promises 
of His Word. God has given us great and precious promises for 
our good and his glory, but at the same time he is still God and 
we dare not demand what we think belongs to us. Is not 
consecration to His will a condition of His promises? Is not 
humility and surrender a prior condition? 

Reasons for Delay 

In some cases it just might be that our Father delays His 
answer in order to make us better Christians, or to reveal some 
needed truth to us, or to draw us closer to Himself. One thing 
is sure: Our Father wants us to desire Him for Himself, rather 
than just for His gifts. Life eternal consists in knowing Him, 
rather than receiving blessings from Him. "This is life eternal," 
Jesus said, "that they may know thee the only true God, and 
Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). 

In seeking healing it is best to come with an obedient and 
humble spirit, willing to wait on the Father's good pleasure, 



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knowing that "all things work together for good to them that love 
God . , ." (Romans 8:28). 

Now for the condition for healing. Granted that the seeker 
is a Christian, or willing to become a Christian, prayer is one of 
the first requirements. James says, "Ye have not, because ye 
ask not" (James 4:2). Jesus says, "Ask and it shall be given 
you" (Luke 11:9). 

As one draws closer to the Lord in prayer, the next con- 
dition becomes easier: that is faith. Two things inspire and 
increase faith — The Word of God and prayer. "Faith cometh 
by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). 
Read the Word and go to hear it preached at every opportunity 
you have. As you do these things your faith will grow. And 
as you grow in prayer and faith, the Lord can lead and guide you. 
The Spirit of God can whisper His will to you concerning healing. 
He can lead you to the place and the people and the situation to 
bring healing for your specific case. 

Notice that the people are important. James says, "Is any 
sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church . . ." 
(James 5:14). Sometimes a group of Christian people who 
believe in divine healing can help a person tremendously in ob- 
taining healing. 

In the New Testament we clearly see that the Holy Spirit 
is the steward and administrator of the riches of grace according 
to the Father's will. Although there are many factors involved, 
the Spirit's power is the most significant force for physical healing. 

— Selected from Vital Christianity 

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KIND WORDS 

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue 
or lips. Though they do not cost much, yet they accomplish 
much. 

They help one's own good nature and good will. Soft words 
soften our own soul. Angry words are the fuel to the flame of 
wrath, and make it blaze more firecely. 

Kind words make other people good natured. Cold words 
freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and sarcastic words 
irritate them; bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words 
make them wrathful. 

There is such a rush of all other kinds of words in our days 
that it seems desirable to give kind words a chance among them. 
There are vain words, and idle words, and hasty words, and spiteful 
•"ords. and warlike words. 

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And a beautiful image it is. They soothe, and quiet, and comfort 
the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind 
feelings. — Publisher Unknown 

— Selected by Sister Delia Klepinger 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE RAINBOW IN THE SKY 

Gen. 8:20; 9:1-17 

When Noah and his family came out of the ark on dry land 
they were glad and thankful that God had been so good to them. 
And Noah built an altar and offered burnt offerings to the Lord. 
God smelled the burnt offerings and it pleased Him that Noah 
remembered to thank Him for saving them from the flood of 
waters. So God made a promise to Noah. God said, "I will not 
again curse the ground for man's sake; neither will I smite every 
living thing as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seed- 
time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, 
and day and night shall not cease." 

God told Noah that the animals and the plants that grew 
would be for man to eat but that mankind should never kill one 
another. If they did they themselves would have to die for 
doing such a thing. 

And God said that never again would He destroy the earth 
with a flood. The promise that God promised Noah was called 
a covenant or an agreement between God and Noah and his sons. 
So that man would remember this promise God put a rainbow in 
the sky. We all know what a rainbow is and we have seen them 
many times. The colors are very beautiful indeed and everytime 
we see the rainbow we should remember how good God is and 
that He has promised never to bring a flood upon the earth again 
to destroy it by water. 

What a big world it must have seemed to Noah and his sons. 
To realize that the earth was theirs to use, and that there were 
no enemies to molest them. The best soil was theirs to till and 
God was their friend and would help them. What a blessing 
was given to them. Yet, it wasn't many years till man again 
began to do things not pleasing to God. Man did have an enemy 
and that enemy was the same one that was in the Garden of Eden. 
It was Satan, the devil, who had deceived Eve with a lie in the 
beginning. Satan is still around — even today — and is caus- 
ing man to sin whenever he can. If we stay close to Jesus, 
believe and live by His Word, we will not be deceived by Satan. 
Jesus can be our "rainbow in the sky" — a promise to us that if 



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we live for Him He will bless us with eternal life. 

— Brother Rudy Cover 

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NEWS ITEMS 

MARRIAGE 

REED — GINGRICH 

Sister Marilyn Reed and Brother John Gingrich were united 
in holy matrimony on August 1 1, 1973, at the Grandview Dunkard 
Brethren Church. Sister Reed is the daughter of Brother and 
Sister Carl Reed of Grandview. Brother Gingrich is the son of 
Brother and Sister Roy Gongrich of Palmyra, Pennsylvania. They 
will be making their home at Grandview. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation held a one week series of 
meetings with Elder Dale Jamison of Quinter, Kansas, as our 
evangelist. One expressed a desire to follow the Master and 
received Christian baptism. We all rejoice for him. 

Our Lovefeast services were Saturday, October 6, with one 
of the largest crowds we have ever had surrounding the Lord's 
table. We pray that each one has gone forth with a greater 
desire to follow the Lord more closely in the days to come than 
in the days that are past. 

— Sister Jolene Andrews, Cor. 

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What I gave I have; what I spent I had; what I kept I lost. 

Don't pray for tasks equal to your powers but powers equal 
to your tasks. 

Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which 
lies outside the will of God. 

It does not take great men to do great things; it only takes 
consecrated men. 

Christ died for you; are you living for Him? 
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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Ray R. Reed, Secretary 

R. 1, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
Paul Blocher, Treasurer 

R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 



GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Joseph E. Flora, Chairman 

R. 1, Adel, Iowa 50003 

515/993-4382 
Harley Rush, Secretary 

R. 1, Converse, Indiana 46919 
Ora Skiles, Treasurer 

3623 Toomes Road 

Modesto, California 95351 
Hayes Reed 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
William Carpenter 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Ml 49228 
Dale E. Jamison 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Jacob C. Ness 

1 36 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Frank Shaffer 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Edward Johnson, Chairman 

R. 5, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Road 

York, Pa. 17403 
Roscoe Q. E. Reed, Treasurer 

Star Rte., Radford, Va. 24141 
Floyd Swihart 

1903 West Clinton Street 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
Paul Myers 

Box 117, Greentown, O. 44630 
Walter Bird 

R. 1, Box 93A 

Converse, Indiana 46919 



BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

William Carpenter, Chairman 

209 Church Street 

Blissfield, Ml 49228 
Eugene Kauffman, Secretary 

R. 3, Box 49 

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Rudolph Cover 

2307 Oakdale Rd. Space 34 

Modesto, CA 95355 
Charles Leatherman 
R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

RELIEF BOARD 

Frank Shaffer, Chairman 

R. 4, Greencastle, Pa. 17225 
Newton Jamison, Secretary 

512 Garfield 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Kyle Reed, Treasurer 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Boyd Wyatt 

4925 Tegner Road 

Hughson, Ca. 95326 
Charles Leatherman 

R. 1, Box 46 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

Box 1 88 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, California 95350 
Kyle Reed, Secretary 

Minburn, Iowa 50167 
Newton Jamison, Treasurer 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 
Harley Flory 

R. 4, Defiance, Ohio 43512 

All contributions to the various Boards 
should be made out to the Treasury, 
but sent to the Secretary for his 
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VOL LI NOVEMBER 15, 1973 NO. 22 

"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect throug h faith and obedien c e. 

GIVING THANKS 

We thank thee, O Father, for all that is bright — 
The gleam of the day and of the stars of the night; 
The flowers of our youth and the fruits of our prime 
And blessings that march down the pathway of time. 

We thank thee, Father, for all that is dear — 
The sob of the tempest, the flow of the tear; 
For never in blindness, and never in vain, 
Thy mercy permitted a sorrow or pain. 

We thank thee, O Father, for song and for feast — 
The harvest that glowed and the wealth that increased 
For never a blessing that encompassed earth's child 
But thou in thy mercy looked downward and smiled. 

We thank thee, O Father of all, for the power 
Of aiding each other in life's darkest hour! 
The generous heart and the bountiful land, 
And all the soul-help that sad souls understand. 

We thank thee, O Father, for days yet to be — 
For hopes that our future will call us to thee — 
That all our Eternity may form, through thy love, 
Our Thanksgiving Day in the mansions above. 

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THANKSGIVING 

Again, as the traditional day of Thanksgiving comes to us 
we offer our praise to God for His bountiful blessings unto us. 
Yet as we consider the Pilgrim fathers as they come to these 
shores, we are made to feel that we as a nation have forgotten the 
real purpose and meaning of Thanksgiving. To a great extent, 
the day is just a holiday. To the Pilgrims it was a day of praise 
and thanksgiving to God for His mercies to them. 

There probably will be only a few who will pause and give 
sincere praise to God for His mercies. But God is pleased when 
His people bring forth their sincere expressions of praise and 
thanksgiving. David was one who was ever ready to express his 
praise to God. 

In chapters 13 through 16 of ! Chron. is given the account of 
the Ark of the Covenant which the Philistines had obtained but sent 
back to Israel after seven months, because its presence meant 
nothing but trouble to them. David made and pitched a tent for 
the Ark. He also composed the Psalm found in I Chron. 16 and 
gave to Asaph and the brethren to be sung in thanksgiving to 
the Lord. 

The return of the Ark was a most meaningful and joyous 
occasion, for God had promised to commune with His people from 
above the mercy seat of the Ark. Perhaps we can better under- 
stand their distress if we were to fall out of fellowship with God 
and be in disfavor with Him. How apprehensive we would be! 
The Ark figured prominently in their life. It preceded Israel when 
they moved. The Ark was carried around Jericho once each day 
for six days but on the seventh day it was carried around the city 
seven times. Then as the priests blew the trumpets and the 
people shouted, the walls fell down. 

The psalmist on another occasion asked, "What shall I render 
unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup 
of salvation, and call upon the Lord." In I Chron. 16:8, we are 
told to give thanks unto the Lord. Our Heavenly Father blesses us 
in so many ways and we are so poor yet we can give our life to Him 
if we have not so done. Too, I can give my gift of thanks to Cod. 
None else can do that. 

In vs. 9, we are admonished to sing unto Him and talk of His 
wondrous works. God has blessed all with vocal cords that we 
may sing praises to Him. Even though we may not be able to 
sing as we would like, still we can make a joyful noise unto the 
Lord. Surely the poorest singer singing praise to the Lord is more 
meaningful to God than the sound of the most expensive instru- 
ment. 

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As we look at our own lives we are made to know of our many im- 
perfections and shortcomings. Blessed is the man to whom the 
Lord will not impute sin. How it encourages us to look unto the 
One who is perfect. Let us glory in His holy name. 

Also in vs. 10 is the thought of rejoicing. Let the heart of 
them rejoice that seek the Lord. We have many difficult 
situations to face in life. Some of the roads we walk may be 
uneven, but by His grace we can see better paths ahead by looking 
forward with an eye of faith. 

Seek ye the Lord and His strength, vs. 11. There is a song 
"Where can I go but to the Lord." That should be our position. 
God has so loved us and cared for us and has been so merciful to 
us what else could we do but turn to Him. When we become worn 
and weary there is One whose strength knows no limit. 

As we observe this Thanksgiving Day may our hearts be full 
of praise to our Maker for His abundant mercies. 

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WHY WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL 

We live in what many believe to be one of the most trying 
times in the history of the world. The old ways of doing things 
are often not sufficient for the problems of the day. We are 
both the victims and the beneficiaries of change. We used to 
say "what goes up must come down" but now we add, "unless 
it orbits." 

Not only do we live in an age of rapid change but it is also 
one of uncertainty. We face the possibility of international 
annihilation from the holocaust of a nuclear war. Dark clouds 



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of war on the horizon of the world are ever present, threatening 
the peace we cherish in our hearts. 

In addition, life has become more complex, losing its sim- 
plicity and much of its way of fellowship. It seems to take more 
courage to live these days because often we must go it alone. 
Then too, personal and family adjustments often are not as easy 
because of sociological and technological changes. 

In the light of all these things can we honestly say we should 
be thankful? Why should gratitude become a prominent attitude? 

We should be thankful because, first of all, God is still on the 
throne. He it is who rules the universe. He it is who is not 
only our Maker but our Sustainer. 

It is said that a blinding flash of lightning once illuminated 
the office in which Thomas A. Edison sat one night with his 
secretary, Samuel Insull, waiting out a storm. 

"That's the Opposition, Sammy," Edison said to Insull. 

As the thunder rolled away the inventor rose from his chair 
and added in a lower tone, as though to himself; 

"There's an Engineer — somewhere." 

There is an Engineer somewhere. It is Cod. This great 
Engineer of the skies has put too much into this world to abandon 
it. 

The accuracy and reliability of God's orded is so complete 
that astronomers can foretell to the smallest fraction of a second 
as to what time a certain star will rise on a certain evening a 
century hence, and in that time it has traveled, not a few thousand 
feet, but through spaces so vast as to be utterly beyond human 
thought and at a speed that is too exciting to describe. 

Make no mistakes, God still runs this world. He is behind 
history and ahead of the current events of the day. If God started 
the world He can keep it going, just as a watchmaker who knows 
how to make a watch can care for it and repair it if it get out 
of order. 

Also, do not think for a minute that God is too big to take 
an interest in the smallest details of our personal life. He isn't. 
Paul reminds us of this in Philippians 4:6-7 as he says, "Be 
careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 

Let us be thankful then, that we have a God who loves and 
cares for us. Have confidence in the fulfillment of His purpose 
because this is God's world. 

Secondly, not only should we be thankful for the greatest 
thing in life — having God — but we should also be thankful for 
the little things in life. 

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beauty of nature, the laughter of litle children, the fellowship 
of good books and friends, the inspiration of good music and even 
tor a cup of cold water on a warm summer day The habit of 
being thankful for little things is a powerful ally in facing life 
calmly and adding zest to living. 

On the surface it may sometimes seem foolish to be thank- 
ful in the face of adverse circumstances, but it isn't if we can 
see within ourselves that any situation could be worse — much 
worse. 

Personal tragedy isn't so shocking or destroying to calmness 
of soul, if one can keep the spirit of a certain old lady who with 
only two teeth left, could say, "I'm thankful they are together in 
the same place." And we have all heard of the man who com- 
plained because he didn't have any shoes until he saw a man who 
didn t have any feet. Thankfulness for what we have or for the 
fact that our condition in life is not worse than it is, is a poise 
builder. Use it. 

We have sung for years "Count your many blessings name 
them one by one." Do it. Take a piece of paper and make two 
columns over one writing blessings and over the other, adversities 
You will find as you try to write in each coulmn that your blessinqs 
will far outweigh your adversities. 

Let us cultivate the spirit of being thankful then, for thank- 
fulness is a real poise builder, the creator of an inner happiness 
that would not be ours otherwise. 

— Herman R. Holler 
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THE VALUE OF LIFE 

What a wonderful thing life is. It is the gift of God How 
earnestly we need to pray that God may give us some realization of 
its great value. One of old prayed, "So teach us to number our 
days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." God has called 
us tor His glory. He redeemed us that we might glorify Him in 
our bodies and Spirit which are His. Every moment of our 
hte should be spent in such a way and manner as will best glorify 
nim. a * 

God has given us a short time here on earth, and upon this 
short time eternity depends. Let us refer to several short passages 
of Scripture to bear the thought. The wise man Solomon had in 
mind, as he wrote in Eccles. 1 1 :3, of the shortness of one's life 
comparing it to a tree. "In the place where the tree fallerh, there 
it snail be. 

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it shall fall and shall remain in whatsoever state it is in when it 
falls. Then we will see what James 4:14 says, referring to the 
natural things and also regarding the value of life, "For what is 
your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and 
then vanisheth away." How long does vapor last? Only a short 
time. If we were to ask a very aged person concerning his age, 
that it must seem like a long time to be that old, his reply would 
be, "It seems as though it was yesterday that I was a child." Our 
life seems long as we look forward hoping to reach a certain goal, 
but the span of life is quickly vanished, as the Psalmist says, 
"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth." 

The life of today does not end this evening at the going down 
of the sun. How the golden moments have been spent determines 
what our eternal destiny will be. 

Our hearts are made very heavy as we behold the shameful 
abuse that many are making of time. If it were possible to give 
a great sum of money or to help someone to a proper estimate of 
the value of time we would not hesitate to confer the latter. 
Millions of gold are not to be compared in value to a moment of 
time. As an illustration, a man of great wealth had under his 
management young men and women. He announced that in one 
year's time there were positions opening to those who qualified 
themselves for them with the salary ranging according to their 
position. How they spent their moments of time determined what 
their qualifications would be. Every moment rightly spent qualifi- 
ed them for higher positions and every moment misspent had a 
disquilifying effect. 

With time at our hands as an opportunity, let us qualify our- 
selves not for a higher position here on earth, but "to an inher- 
itance incorruptible and undefiled, and fadeth not away, reserved 
in heaven for you." 

Heaven gives the announcement that as we spend the mo- 
ments of life so shall eternity be. 

Just one life lies before us. We will pass over life's pathway 
but once, and steps we take cannot be taken over. If we make 
a misstep we have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the 
righteous. It is true that God can and will forgive us of our mis- 
steps. By the way we spend the moments of time today we are 
adding to or diminishing our treasures in Heaven. This evening 
our mansion in glory will be according to how we have spent the 
moments of this day. 

There are great responsibilities in life. It means much to 
live. Thank God, it is blessed when we hide our lives with Christ 
in God and live in Him. 

— Brother Clarence R. Cehr from April, 1941, Bible Monitor 

— Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 



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MEDIATIONS 

Part 3 
A friend is a person with whom you dare be yourself. 
Conscience is God's presence in man. 

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which 
he must pass, for every man hath need to be forgiven. 

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heels 
that crushed it. 

The best way for a husband to clinch an argument is to take 
her in his arms. 

No one can have a true idea of right until he does it. 
I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest, because the road's 
last turn will be the best. 

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt. 
Meet the problems of life with decision. 
Keep your mind out of the past and keep it on the future. 
The tempter also comes to challenge. 

Some folks go through life in low gear and even try to climb 
the hill with the brakes on. 

The Beautitudes could well be called the Happitudes. 
It is better to be small and shine than to be big and cast 
shadows. 

Hell is at the end of a Christless life. 
A Christian's word should be as good as his bond. 
"He died climbing'" is the epitaph on the monument of a 
mountain climber. 

A light house sounds no gong. 

When Jesus prayed in private, He prayed all night; when He 
prayed in public, He was very brief. 

When a man is too busy to pray, he is too busy. 
If ye forgive not men their tresspasses, neither will your Father 
forgive you. 

Too much brass makes the golden rule fail. 

It is easier to stand on your feet if you spend more time on 
your knees. 

Remember God has a little bottle of tears. 

Many love a place at the Table, but few desire the basin 
and the towel. 

Memory can be the sweetest or the bitterest thing in the world. 

A loose tongue will get you into many tight places. 

The wise duck flies so high the bullets cannot reach him 

How much did he leave when he died? He left it all. 

Stand up to be counted, speak up to be heard, but sit down 
to be appreciated. 

The family altar will alter things. — Brother Paul R. Myers 



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FIRST OF ALL - THANKSGIVING 

Today is Thanksgiving Day. What of yesterday? How about 
tomorrow? The apostle said, "First of all, supplications, prayers, 
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men," and as 
an example he used kings and those in authority. Never has there 
been a time when this instruction was more vital. The world has 
just experienced an era of two hundred years of the most extensive 
religious freedom ever known since Paul spoke those words to 
Timothy. In the last decade we have observed much rioting and 
rebellion against governamental authority. This should bring to 
the mind of the Christian his solemn and constant duty, and 
privilege as well, to offer supplication (an humble request), inter- 
cession (to plead in behalf of others) , through prayer (an humble 
entreaty), which brings us to the giving of thanks to our great 
God and His Son. Jesus Christ, the source of all blessings and the 
answer to all our prayers. 

In the beginning God created all things and viewing them He 
said they were good and very good, yet in that first transgression 
of our foreparents in the Garden of Eden we sense a lack of thank- 
fulness. Did the loss of their Paradise cause them to be grateful 
to their Creator for the good things of life? If so, they were 
not yet thankful enough, as we are told in Eph. 5:20 to give "thanks 
always for all things." In this day we see those who take their 
many blessings for granted and commit daily the sin of ungrateful- 
ness. Is it possible they must lose their blessings before they 
will recognize the One who has given them? 

Cain and Abel expressed their thanksgiving in their offerings 
to God. Cain lost his reward by his ungracious attitude toward 
divine pleasure, and he sinned unto condemnation. 

The wife of Job could see nothing for which to be thankful, 
and she told her husband to "curse God, and die." But faithful 
Job, looking forward, saw victory over death, and God blessed him 
even in this life with a greater portion than he had before his 
afflictions. 

Among the many expressions of thankfulness in the Blessed 
Book, the Psalms of David are outstanding. We find him offering 
supplication because of sin, suffering, and persecution. We hear 
him offering gratitude and adoration for God's power and majesty, 
and for His goodness and mercy. These beautiful Psalms have 
been chanted and sung by Christians of all ages. 

Christ gave thanks to His Father for the glory that was reveal- 
ed Him, and for those of His own disciples who were given unto 
Him as His followers down through the ages and even to us in this 
day. 

Do you ever hear someone say, "What is there to be thankful 



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for?" Here is a great lack of that which God expects to find in 
each of us — that possession of faith, hope, and charity. 

Dear reader, consider earnestly this subject of thanksgiving. 
First of all, do you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour through 
full obedience to His teaching? If not, you have not yet ex- 
perienced a real Thanksgiving Day, nor will you until you have 
if had your name written in Heaven. First of all do this, and you 

. will possess a heart full of joy and peace, and your thanksgiving 

will be filled with real hope. You may have seen a Christian 
who seems discouraged because of the storms of life. He must 
be reminded that God has not promised a smooth passage, but He 
has assured His children of a safe landing. 

One of the happiest persons with whom we have visited this 
past year is an elderly invalid sister who wears a patient, sweet 
smile, whose eyes beam with hope, and whose lips are so ready 
with an inspiring testimony of faith and thankfulness. She is 
appreciative of her family and friends who care tenderly for her, 
and the height of her joy is the reading of Scripture, exhortation' 
supplication, intercession, prayer, and giving of thanks. A 
wonderful example! A home that has thanksgiving every day 
of the year is a home approved of God for the raising of children, 
and is a blessing to any nation. A mother 'who had taught her 
son to kneel by his bed and pray when he was small found a note 
on her pillow one night when that son had reached his teenage 
years which said, "I love you," with a word of thanks for his 
Christian home. The young people who will surmount this re- 
bellious age in which we live are largely those who have come from 
homes where thanks is offered daily. When this is lacking, too 
often the things of this world are considered before the promises 
of God. A poet has said, "Praise is the product of prayer, ringing 
in the upper regions." 

The early Pilgrims had a special day of thanksgiving in lean 
years as well as in time of plenty. We find that Brethren in 
areas where drought has affected the crops and where some will 
have no harvest seem just as thankful as those who have an 
abundance. It is not an easy matter for one who has not known 
tt Christ to be thankful in time of depression, especially when he 

has not remembered to give thanks in time of plenty. 
■ Paul says in Phil. 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in every 

■» thing by prayer and supolication with thanksgiving let your requests 

be made known unto God." By this we receive a peace of God 
in heart and mind which is beyond understanding. Paul learned, 
he tells us, to be content in whatever state he found himself to 
be; that he knew how to be abased and how to abound. These 
characteristics are neither known nor practiced by men of the 
world today. Their abounding is largely due to the fact that 
they look upon things of their own rather than the things of 



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others. Discontentment and striking, which is unscriptural, brings 
gain to masses of people who consume it in idle time and worldly 
pleasures. These do not satisfy, but produce, instead, an attitude 
of ungratefulness. The Scripture warns that some men become 
so perverse with disputings, and their minds are so destitute of 
the truth, that they suppose gain to be godliness. Such men could 
scarcely give to a charity without doing it grudgingly. In I Tim. 
6:6 Paul admonishes to withdraw from such; that rather "godliness 
with contentment is great gain." 

If the nations of the world would be humble in their requests, 
plead in behalf of one another instead of hating each other, and 
show gratitude and be more thankful, their problems would not 
be so great. Because they will not do this, we know according to 
prophecy that things will wax worse and worse, and because in- 
iquity abounds the love of many shall wax cold. Men will become 
unthankful, unholy, and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. 
Surely Christ will soon come to this disobedient and unthankful 
world. He will come for those who first of all have served Him, 
who "have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood 
of the Lamb." Luke warns the unthankful, "Take heed to your- 
selves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfiting, 
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come 
upon you unawares." 

For whom then shall we give thanks other than for kings and 
those in authority? For all men! for families, friends, Brethren, 
neighbors, and also for our enemies, remembering to intercede 
for the unsaved. 

As we look upon our calendars and note the date of Thanks- 
giving Day, let us mark on the calendar of our hearts to remember 
that every day is Thanksgiving Day. Old records of earlier 
centuries read thus, "The twentieth day of August, in the year 
after the gracious birth of the Son of God, 1651." Signs on the 
eastern horizon point to an approaching day of great tribulation, 
as told by the Old Testament Prophets, the Gospels, and John, 
the Revelator. We can visualize a calendar of that day as it 
may read, "Thanksgiving Day, (month), (day), (year), of the 
reign of (man), 666." Those who accept this calendar and the 
number of this man will worship him. Those who reject him and 
heed the testimony of the two witnesses will be killed. Study 
the promise of the marriage super of the Lamb in Rev. 19:7-9. 
This will be a wonderful Thanksgiving Day for those who are called 
to come. Several times more we read of thanksgiving in heaven 
which will far excel anything we have known here. 

If you would be prepared to stand before the Son of Man, 
remember that today is the day of salvation, and the day of grace 
remains. Mark the calendar of your heart, and follow with 
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the first month of the first year of your life for Jesus Christ, and 
it will be a blessed Thanksgiving Day for you. 

— Selected from The Vindicator 

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THINK BACK THEN LOOK FORWARD 

Time changes things How true. This is 1973. I have 
before me the Feb. 1, 1953 Bible Monitor with the ministerial 
list of that day. In these twenty years there have been many 
changes. Four on the 1953 list are living, but no longer affil- 
iated with the Dunkard Brethren Church. 

Forty-six ministers and elders who were active in 1953 have 
gone to their long Eternal Home. I propose to list their names, 
along with the office they held at that time. Think back, ponder 
on their labors for the Church. Do you recall any of their mes- 
sages? Do you remember when any one of them may have 
married you? May have preached the funeral of a member of 
your family? May have anointed you? Can you 'recall their 
fervent prayers? 

Do you remember any advice they may have passed on to 
you? Do you recall their non-conformity principles which they 
held to and so earnestly taught? Can you remember when some 
you knew shed tears for the Church? Can you recall council 
meetings when these brethren pled for the purity of the Church? 
For the peace of the Church? Do you remember when they strove 
in revival meetings for the salvation of lost souls? 

Can you recall instances when these brethren, because they 
were in earnest when they promised to uphold the doctrine of the 
Church as interpreted by the Dunkard Brethren suffered slander, 
ill-will and even persecution by those that did not abide by their 
vows made to Almighty God? 

As you read this list of our departed ministers and elders, 
ponder for a moment at the reading of each name. If you knew 
the individual, just what impression did his work in the Church 
make on you? On your Church? 

G. Henry Besse (M) Harold Frantz (M) 

T I. Bowman (E) J. D. Glick (E) 

Jonas Broadwater (E) Abraham Gibble (M) 

J. D. Brown (E) Oscar Harmon (M) 

W. H. Demuth (E) H. I. Jarboe (E) 

Howard Dickey (E) O. T Jamison (E) 

George Dorsey (M) Henry Kegerreis (M) 

A. G. Fahnestock (E) A. B. Keller (M) 

L. B. Flohr (E) Ben Klepinger (M) 



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Emanuel Koones (E) J. P. Robbins (E) 

Lawrence Kreider (E) Marion Roesch (E) 

Minor Leatherman (E) Orville Royer (E) 

Owen Mallow (M) Emmert Shelly (E) 

D. K. Marks (M) Bernie Shriner (M) 
Z. L. Mellot (E) D. E. Steele (E) 
Abraham Miller (E) Earl Waldo Strayer (M) 
Clyde J. Miller (E) Ord L. Strayer (E) 
Paul Morphew (E) Addison Taylor (E) 
Joseph H. Myers (E) E. L. Withers (E) 
Chas. O'Brien (E) Clayton Weaver (M) 
Herbert Parker (E) Paul Weaver (M) 

E. W. Pratt (E) Elsworth Weimer (E) 
Benjamin Reinhold (E) Rufus Wyatt (E) 

Each of these brethren had their own stance in the pulpit. 
They had their individual gestures and manner of delivery. No 
two were alike. 

They are now reaping the fruits of their labors. Many of 
these, while ministers in 1953, were advanced to the Eldership 
before they passed away. 

Many of these departed Elders were they who laid hands on 
many of the present day ministers and elders who were not in 
office in 1953. 

Thus we reflect over the past twenty years and see many 
changes in the leadership and ministry of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church. 

Let us look forward to the future. The ministry of today has 
just as much responsibility to uphold the true doctrine of the Church 
in the future as did our beloved brethren in the past. There is a 
marked degree of difference now and twenty years ago. Then, 
there was not so much opposition to the non-conformity principles 
as there is today. Then, people held to the Church more rigidly 
than today. Then members were more obedient to the Church 
than today. 

Project your minds forward twenty years. If the earth stands, 
how many of our present day ministers and elders will be active? 
How many of them will be beneath the sod? How many of our 
loyal young brethren of today will be our ministers and elders 
then? This we do not know. Only God knows the future. 

Certainly, each minister and elder is duty bound to Almighty 
God as they were in the past to preach the Word, be instant in 
season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffer- 
ing and doctrine. II Tim. 4:2. 

May God bless our ministry today that each will prove a 

faithful steward, that the Church will be fed the true unadulterated 

Word and that many souls will yet be garnered into His Kingdom. 

— Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 1 17, Greentown, Ohio 



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A BOY'S CONSCIENCE 

Little Joe Gagon was playing in Brother Sam Toby's grist mill 
in a small Main town when Brother Sam said, "I'm just about 
out of grain sacks. I'd give a nickel for every used one folks 
would bring in, providing they didn't have any holes in them." 

Little Joe ran home and found ten grain bags that had been 
thrown into the corner of the barn. He rolled them up and ran 
back to Brother Sam's mill. 

"Well, now," said Brother Sam, "I see you found some. 
How many do you have?" 

"Ten," said little Joe. "Do you want to count them?" 

"Of course I don't," said Brother Sam. "If you say there 
is ten, then there is." 

He went to bed early that night, and in his dream he could 
see Brother Sam pouring grain into a sack. As fast as he poured 
it in, it ran out through a hole and down into the water under the 
mill. Morning finally arrived, and little Joe took a dime from his 
piggy bank and ran down the dusty road to Brother Sam's mill. 
Handing the dime to Sam, he said, "I'm sorry, but two of those 
sacks had holes in them." Brother Sam laughted. "So I noticed 
when I started to fill them, but don't you worry about that. I 
sewed up the holes." 

Years rolled on. Finally, Joe bought the grist mill. People 
for miles around drove in to trade with him because he had a 
reputation of being a fine, honest young Christian man. One day 
an old gentleman came into the mill and said, "Put me up a bushel 
of oats." Joe picked up an empty sack, and after looking it over 
carefully, he poured in the grain. 

The old gentleman laughted. "I've bought a lot of grain 
here, but there's something I don't understand. I've noticed that 
every time you pick up an empty sack, you look it all over, just 
like you expected to find a hole in it." 

Joe smiled. "Well, I guess it is just a habit. When I 
pick up an empty sack, I always think about an instance that 
happened when I was a boy." 

"O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy 
endureth forever," Psalms 107:1. Even though November is 
recognized as the Thanksgiving month, we as Christian people 
should express our thankfulness every day of our lives here on 
earth. If we reap a life harvest of bountiful crops, using them 
wisely, we should save as much of the good as possible. 

Let us examine our hearts to make sure there is not a leak 
like the grain sacks had, that we loose not our spiritual growth 
and neglect our God who provides for his chosen people. 

"As the grain poured into the water, so will our light dim 



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if we fail to give thanks." 

Your Christian Friend, 

— Sister Shirley Stump, R.l, Union, Ohio 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A CITY AND A TOWER 

Genesis 11:1-9 

Noah lived one hundred and fifty years after the flood and 
died. Cod told Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply 
and replenish the earth. It wasn't many years till there were 
many people on the earth and they all spok one language. Today 
we have many languages and why do you suppose that people today 
don't all speak the same language like they once did? 

The people of the earth began to move toward the west until 
they came to a plain in the land called, "Shinar." This was 
located in a country later called, "Babylonia" and is where the 
country of Iraq is today. The plain of Shinar was for many 
centuries perhaps the most fertile region on earth. The land 
was very rich and produced excellent crops. The descendents 
of Noah, who lived there were very much like people today. When 
they found land that produced well and they could make an easy 
living that is where they wanted to be. This plain was very 
large but it soon became overpopulated with people. 

Because this was such a good place to live and nobody wanted 
to leave, somebody got the idea of building a city. And they 
said, "Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach 
unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered 
abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Now God had told 
Noah to replenish the earth but the people had it so good that 
they just didn't want to move out. 

When the Lord came down and saw the city and the tower 
He was much displeased. Here was a people that aspired to 
learn about heaven in their own way — maybe they wanted to 
learn more about the stars. We really don't know how far 
developed these people were but God said if they continued that 
nothing would be restrained from them which they had imagined 
to do. We wonder what God thinks of people today — trying to 
conquer space-searching for new worlds — landing on the moon. 

And God said, "Let us go down, and there confound their 
language that they may not understand one another's speech." 
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this great city and tower suddenly spoke and understood in a 
in* T ' an 9^ge? There could only be complete confusion 
and they became so d.sgusted with one another that they took 
peo P le! Very d ' reCtion — an V thin 9 *° get away from so many crazy 

f.r. 2°^ hB l°\ d sca " ere d them abroad from thence upon the 
face of the whole earth: and they left off to build the city." 

— Brother Rudy Cover 
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Self needs to be dethroned in the life of every Christian 
Even the good things of self are abominable in the sight of God 
The carnal mind is enmity against God. 

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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR DECEMBER, 1973 



CAPTIVITY 



Memory Verse, Psa. 137:3 
For there they that carried 
us away captive required of 
us a song; and they that 
wasted us required of us 
mirth, saying, Sing us one 
of the songs of Zion 

Sat. 1— Psa. 78:34-72 

Memory Verse, Isa. 5:13 
Therefore my people are 
gone into captivity, because 
they have no knowledge: 
and their honourable men 
are famished, and their mul- 
titude dried up with thrist 

Sun. 2— Psa. 85:1-13 

Mon. 3 — Psa. 106:1-48 

Tues. 4 — Psa. 126:1-6 

Wed. 5 — Psa. 137:1-9 

Thurs. 6 — Isa. 5:1-30 

Frl. 7— Isa. 14:1-32 

Sat. 8— Isa. 45:1-25 



Memory Verse, Isa. 61 :1 
The Spirit of the Lord God 
is upon me; because the 
Lord hath anointed me to 
preach good tidings unto 
the meek; he hath sent me 
to bind up the brokenheart- 
ed, to proclaim liberty to the 
captives, and the opening of 
the prison to them that are 
bound. 
Sun. 9 — Isa. 49:1-26 
Mon. 10 — Isa. 51 :l-23 
Tues. 1 1 — Isa. 52:1-15 
Wed. 12 — Isa. 61 :1-11 
Thurs. 13 — Jer. 13:1-27 
Fri. 14 — Jer. 20:1-18 
Sat. 15— Jer. 22:1-30 

Memory Verse, Jer. 13:17 
But if ye will not hear it, my 
soul shall weep in secret 
places for your pride; and 



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mine eye shall weep sore, 
and run down with tears, 
because the Lord's flock is 
carried away captive. 
Sun. 16— Jer. 24:1-10 
Mon. 17— Jer. 29:1-32 
Tues. 18 — Jer 30:1-24 
Wed. 19— Jer. 33:1-26 
Thurs. 20 — Jer. 46:1-28 
Fri. 21— Jer. 50:1-46 
Sat. 22— Jer. 52:1-34 

Memory Verse, Isa. 7:14 
Therefore the Lord himself 
shall give you a sign; Be- 
hold, a virgin shall conceive, 
and bear a son, and shall 
call his name Immanuel. 
Sun. 23— Isa. 9:1-7 
Mon. 24— Lam. 1:1-22 
Tues. 25— Matt. 1:1-25 
Wed 26— Lam. 2:1-22 
Thurs. 27— Eze. 39:21-29 
Fri. 28— Amos 1:1-15 
Sat. 29 — Amos 5:1-27 

Memory Verse, Jer. 46:27 
But fear not thou, my 
servant Jacob, and be not 
dismayed, O Israel: for, be- 
hold, I will save thee from 
afar off, and thy seed from 
the land of their captivity; 



and Jacob shall return, and 
be in rest and at ease, and 
none shall make him afraid. 
Sun. 30 — Amos 7:1-17 
Mon. 31 — Amos 9:1-15 

Memory Verse, Eze. 39:23 
And the heathen shall know 
that the house of Israel went 
into captivity for their in- 
iquity: because they tress- 
passed against me there- 
fore hid I my face from 
them, and gave them into 
the hand of their enemies: 
so fell they all by the sword. 

Amos 9:14-15 

And I will bring again the 
captivity of my people of 
Israel, and they shall build 
the waste cities, and inhabit 
them; and they shall plant 
vineyards, and drink the 
wine thereof; they shall also 
make gardens, and eat the 
fruit of them. And I will 
plant them upon their land, 
and they shall no more be 
pulled up out of their land 
which I have given unto 
them, saith the Lord thy 
God. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESONS FOR DEC, 1973 

Dec. 2 — Saul sent to destroy the Amalekites but disobeys. I Sam. 
15:1-35 

Dec. 9 ■ — David anointed King. I Sam. 16:1-23 

Dec. 16 — David goeth out to meet Goliath. I Sam. 17:1-37 

Dec. 23 — Birth of Christ. Luke 2:1-40 

Dec. 30 — Goliath is slain. I Sam. 17:38-58 



W. S. Reed 
Dallas Center, 
Iowa 50063 



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VOL. LI 



DECEMBER 1, 1973 



NO. 23 



"For the faith once for all delivered to the saints." 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect throu gh faith and obedien c e. 

COMPASSION 

If I never show compassion, 

I wonder what 'twill be, 
When I before my Saviour stand, 

Will I want compassion shown to me? 

I must not always see the bad, 

And not behold the good, 
Nor should I my brother criticise 

'Till in his shoes I've stood. 

I cannot feel the throbbing pain, 

That's in my brother's heart, 
Until I've felt the sorrow 

That made his joy depart. 

I may speak with tongues of angels 

Or have the gift of prophecy, 
If I do not have compassion, 

'Twill not gain a thing for me. 

So may we be a little kinder, 

And our hearts be filled with love, 

So we'll not become as sounding brass 
And lose our Crown above. 

— Sister Lucille Throne, Alvordton, Ohio 



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THE TWO WAYS 

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and 
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be 
which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the 
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." 
Matt. 7:13,14. 

it should be obvious there are two powers in this world ■ — 
the god of this world and God the Father. Down through the 
ages this world has been the scene of a great controversy as to 
who shall rule the hearts of men. Each one who comes to the age 
of accountability must choose whom he will serve — God or 
Satan. How important our choice! 

The text indicates there is a choice of two gates, two roads 
and two destinations. We are all very much interested in life. 
What we will do to preserve it! Even Job in his pitiful condition 
stated, ". . . all that a man hath will he give for his life." Thanks 
be unto God there is a way unto life. 

The way unto life is a narrow way, but at least it is an open 
way. In Rev. 3:8 we read, "... I have set before thee an open 
door and no man can shut it." We have opportunity now but 
may not always have it. The Word says, "My Spirit shall not 
always strive with man." Christ opened the way for us, a new 
and living way, the only way. "I am the way, the truth, and the 
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 

Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye 
of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 
Some have thought this referred to the necessity of stripping the 
camel of its burden before it could enter through a certain gate 
of Jerusalem. Those who would enter the narrow way must un- 
load the burden of sin. It is certain that few find their way 
through the narrow gate. "If the righteous scarcely be saved, 
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" Jesus also 
said, ". . . except your righteousness exceed that of the scribes 
and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of 
heaven." 

"Few there be that find it." Of all the people living at the 
time of the flood (about 1656 according to chronology) only 
eight persons were saved. Yet there possibly could have been 
thousands upon thousands, considering their longevity. How sad 
it is that comparatively few enter into the narrow way. Why? 
One reason is, so few are seeking it. Jesus said, "Ask, and it 
shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be 
opened unto you." Then some put off salvation as did Felix, 
waiting for a convenient season. Some don't want salvation, and 
some feel they don't need it. Jssus said, "Strive to enter in at 



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the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, 
and shall not be able." "But if from thence thou shalt seek the 
Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy 
heart and with all thy soul," Deut. 4:29. 

Now let us consider the way of destruction. It is a broad 
way, a highway. It suits the carnal mind. The sinner can take 
all his likes and pleasures with him on the broad way. There is 
room for Satan, the world, and the flesh. There is room for 
scoffers and drunkards and all that love iniquity. 

It may be a crowded way because the text says, "Many there 
be which go in thereat." This way is a much easier way to 
travel. There is plenty of company. On this way nothing is 
really required of one. Those traveling this way may "enjoy the 
pleasures of sin for a season," while they are being carried along 
with the crowd. 

But it is a fatal way. Those who travel this way are destined 
for destruction. The one who loves sin will surely perish, for 
those traveling this way are without God and without hope. As 
we see signs that we believe herald our Lord's return, we need to 
give serious thought to the way in which we are traveling, "For 
the Wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through 
Jesus Christ our Lord," Rom. 6:23. Behold, I set before you the 
way of life, and the way of death," Jer. 21 :8. ". . .Choose you 
this day whom ye will serve," Josh. 24:15. 

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THE CHURCH AND THE STATE 

What is our relationship to the state? More and more we 
are being challenged to become involved in the affairs of the 
state. Every time election comes up, there is more pressure on 
the church to use its influence to bring the right man into office. 
In 1960, when a Catholic and a Protestant were running against 
each other for office as president of the United States, one news- 
paper in our community said that more Amish and Mennonite 
people turned out at the election booth than had ever turned 
out before. A shame indeed! 

The twelfth chapter of Romans gives an outline of what the 
place of the church is to be. The thirteenth chapter then gives 
us the place of the state. 

The Place of the Church 

"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that 
is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the 
proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; 
or he that teacheth, on teaching" (Romans 12:6-7). Here we 
find that the call of the church is to prophesy and teach. This 
really strikes at the very heart of the matter that is confronting 
us today. We are accused of being complacent and unconcerned 
about social and civil injustices around us. But the Bible says 
that we are to prophesy and to teach the Word of God. People 
are saved, not by law and by reformation, but by the preaching 
of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, which brings regeneration 
to the heart. Then when the heart is changed, the other things 
will line up and become the way they ought to be. 

"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is 
evil; cleave to that which is good" (verse 9). This gives us the 
first clue as to what our attitude should be towards evil. The 
battling of evil is, after all, what the social-betterment people are 
talking about, but ours is a greater mission by better methods. 

We have the ministry of prayer. "Rejoicing in hope, patient 
in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer" (verse 12). We 
are to pray for all those in authority. This is our ministry. The 
greatest election booth is down on our knees before God in prayer. 
Lot possibly thought by moving into Sodom he could make a better 
city out of it. But Lot's ministry in Sodom was an entire failure 
Abraham, who settled out in the fields away from Sodom, had 
more power over Sodom than Lot ever had. The Lord stopped 
at Abraham's tent and told him what He was going to do. Abra- 
ham pleaded for the city. Abraham had power with God. He 
was able to move the hand of God. Beloved, this is what we need 
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"Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 
Bless them which persecute you: bless and curse not" (verses 13, 
14) . The Christian is ordained to good works. We are not saved 
by good works, but we are "created in Christ Jesus unto good 
works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in 
them" (Ephesians 2:10). 

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place 
unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, 
saith the Lord" (verse 19). We abhor evil, but we do not resist 
it physically. We do not take vengeance on evil in any way. 

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good" (verse 
21). This implies that when we return evil for evil, we become 
partakers of evil. The hallmark of true Christians is to overcome 
evil with good — to return good for that evil which we may receive. 
Nonresistance is in every part and parcel of our Christian life. 
Thus, the church is called to a ministry of love, which reveals it- 
self in its highest and purest order in preaching the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ to a dying world. 

The Place of the State 

In Romans 13 we find that the state is ordained of God to 
be a terror to evil. It is not necessarily called to abhor evil or 
to return good for evil as the church is. The state is ordained 
to punish the evildoer. It is ordained to use force to curb evil, 
tn a sense, it is asked to return evil for evil. 

No Harmony Between the Two 

A. In Function 

The state is ordained as an instrument of justice. The church 
is an instrument of love. As we think of the relationship of church 
and state, we see immediately that the function of the church and 
the function of the state are opposite. Therefore, this divides 
them. 

Today, even the modernists are talking about the separation 
of church and state. They do not want the state to do anything 
that looks like religion. For instance, there were some religious 
bodies that did not want President Nixon to allow the traditional 
nativity scene to be set up on the White House grounds at Christ- 
mas time because by that token it would appear that he was en- 
dorsing Christainity as the religion of the United States. (Not 
that we approve of such things, but we leave them up to them ) 
They want the state to keep its fingers out of religion. But then 
they, the religious leaders, want to have their fingers in the state 
Their philosophy is: the state should keep out of the church but 
the church will tell the state what to do. 



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B. In Principle 

If the state would atempt to operate on Christian principles, 
the state would go down in ruins. This has happened in the past 
and will happen again if things continue as they are. On the 
other hand, the church has no business trying to operate on the 
principles of the state. They are entirely two different bodies 
and they have entirely different callings. They cannot mix. In 
the Old Testament, it is true, Israel was commanded to carry out 
capita! punishment and other forms of punishment. But Jesus 
said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, 
and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: 
but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the 
other also." This is the principle that has been instituted for 
the church. 

Let us draw a comparison between Romans 12:19 and Romans 
13:4. Romans 12:19 says, "Dearly beloved, avenge not your- 
selves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Venge- 
ance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." God is saying, "Christ- 
ian, do not avenge yourself; do not revenge wrath or evil. I will 
take care of that." How is God going to do this? The answer 
is in Romans 13:4: "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. 
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the 
sword in vain, for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute 
wrath upon him that doeth evil." How will God revenge evil? 
He will do it by his minister, the state. 

Recently a newspaper reported that England has now perman- 
ently done away with all capital punishment. The state is miss- 
ing its calling. The church has stepped out of her place and now 
she is persuading the state to step out of its place. The church 
has left her ministry of preaching the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ 
and has gone to a social gospel. Now she is persuading the state 
to leave its ministry of justice and also become a social organ- 
ization, one of social betterment. 

C. In Their Methods of Dealing With Offenders 

The church also has her administration of justice to a certain 
extent. She does not use the sword or prison sentences. This 
is not the way she punishes evil. Her method of discipline is to 
expel the guilty from her ranks. The state takes over from there. 
If we have a murderer among us, we do not pass a prison sentence 
on him. He is put out of the church and becomes the subject 
of the state. Then they do what they are called to do with him. 

D. In Operation 

The church operates on a voluntary basis. Isaiah said, "Also 
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who 



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will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me" (Isaiah 6:8). 
The state, on the other hand, is like a puppet in the hand of 
God, "This matter is by decree of the watchers, and the demand 
by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may 
know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth 
it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men" 
(Daniel 4:17) . This is how God works with the state. God chooses 
a man and brings him into power whether he is a good man or 
whether he is a base man. It is not voluntary, necessarily. God 
raises up whomsoever He will and manipulates him this way and 
that. 

Voting 

Some may say, "I will not hold office, I cannot be a politician, 
but I will do my part in voting to get the right man into office. 
The Christian has no business at the polls. Regardless what the 
issue is, when the state puts something up to be voted on, that is 
their business and we leave the voting to them. We go home 
and pray that the Lord will have His way. 

Suppose the state is going to vote on capital punishment 
and you, as a Christian, go to the polls. Now, how are you going 
to vote? If you vote for it, then you are supporting the killing 
of another man. You have become a partaker of the state. On 
the other hand, if you vote against it, you are disarming the state 
and telling it to leave its place. So, you cannot vote. You are 
out of your place either way. 

Or, suppose you vote for a certain man. You are really 
putting him in as your proxy to act for you. This involves the 
unequal yoke. During World War 1, conscientious objectors 
were tried severly. Many of them were put into camps along 
with soldiers. There they were questioned over and over again. 
One question that came up was, "Did you vote for President 
Wilson?" Sad to say, there were some who said they had. Then 
what are you doing here as a conscientious objector? Why are 
you not out there supporting him? Why are you not out there 
fighting for him?," they were asked. Canada allowed the con- 
scientious objector to live his convictions but said that he had to 
stay out of the polls. "You have no business voting because 
you are a conscientious objector." The state sometimes sees 
these things more clearly than a lot of church people do. 

When it comes to matters of social reform, civil rights, 
whether the country should be dry or whether it should allow the 
sale of liquor, what do we do? Do we help to vote on these 
issues? Our mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ that 
will change man's hearts. We are not called to a social reform. 
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This will bring upon us the powers of darkness such as the church 
has not felt since the Dark Ages. It is going to bring everybody 
into the circle of nominal religion. When Constantine and other 
state leaders embraced Christianity, this seemed like a good thing. 
But they discovered that the only way they could have a state 
church was by force, because men were unconverted. Just be- 
cause the state said everyone had to be a Christian did not change 
men's hearts at all. So the only way the state could enforce it 
was by bloodshed. It plunged the world into the Dark Ages. 
Our forefathers shed their blood for the cause of Jesus Christ. 
This is what is going to happen again if the Lord tarries. 

Good Citizens 

The Christian always abides by the law, so far as it does 
not violate the Word. He is submissive to the state. If the 
state is going to force him to go into the armed forces, he submits 
to the alternative. He does not strike back. The Christian is 
a faithful taxpayer. The Christian is always in the right side 
of every moral issue. Therefore, he is the best citizen in the 
nation. 

Beloved, we have an exceedingly high and holy calling. 

• — Selected from Christian Contender 

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THE KING'S ANSWER 

A story is told of a man who once asked an Eastern king if 
he could tell him how to. avoid temptation. 

The king told the man to take a vessel brimful of oil and 
carry it through the streets of the city without spilling one drop. 

"If one drop is spilled," said the king, "your head shall be 
cut off," and he ordered the executioners with drawn swords to 
walk behind the man to carry out his orders. 

There happened to be a fair going on in the town and the 
streets were crowded with people. However, the man was very 
careful, and he returned to the king without having spilled one 
drop of the oil. Then the king asked: 

"Did you see anyone while you were walking the streets?" 

"No," said the man, "I was thinking of the oil; I noticed 
nothing else." 

"Then," said the king, "you have learned how to avoid 
temptation. Fix your mind on God as you fixed it on the oil. 
You will not then be tempted to sin." 

— Selected by Sister Emma W. Stauffer 



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MEDITATIONS 

Part 4 

The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. 

Only God can fully satisfy the hungry heart of a man. 

A man's reach should exceed his grasp. 

As a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged 
face. 

If God loved you as much as you love Him, where would 
you be? 

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. 

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. 

If thou would enter into life, keep the commandments. 

The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of 
friends. 

The severest justice may not always be the best policy. 

No rule of success will work if you won't. 

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament. 

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. 

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at 
all. 

A friend is one who comes to you when all others leave. 

Water which is distant is no good for a fire which is near. 

Hate is a prolonged manner of suicide. 

Put yourself in the other man's place. 

He makes no friends who never made a foe. 

One sermon converted three thousand that day. Today it 
seems it takes three thousand sermons to convert one sinner. 

A storm looks different from the boat than from the wave. 

God must have first place or He will have no place. 

The hardening of the heart is far more dangerous than the 
hardening of the arteries. 

The preacher's job is to condemn sin, but not the sinner. 

It is dangerous business to give the devil credit for things 
done by the Lord Jesus. 

It is harder to do that which is wrong than that which is 
right. 

Secret prayer is the secret of prayer. 

A touchy person will have to nurse many sore spots. 

Jonah was vomited up because even a whale couldn't stomach 
such a backslider. 

Prayer is God's opportunity to do something for you. 

A man who had attended a very spiritual revival said, "I feel 
like I have had my insides sandpapered." 

Little pearls become to some men so important that they are 
unwilling to give them up for the pearl of great price. 

— Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 117, Greentown, Ohio 



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MIDNIGHT 

The flashing of lurid lightning and the ominous mutter of 
thunder betoken the oncoming storm about to break upon us, the 
fury of which has seldom been equaled. The antediluvians were 
sufficiently warned but were so intoxicated with eating and drink- 
ing (ancient proof of prosperity) they were buried beneath the 
water and mud of the earth's greatest disaster. 

The Lord Jesus wept over Jerusalem and cried, "O Jerusalem, 
Jerusalem, thou that ki I lest the prophets, and stonest them which 
are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children 
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, 
and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate." 
Not many years later, parents were eating their children in the 
frightful seige and famine. America today stands at the cross- 
roads. We have enjoyed peace, prosperity, and freedom unequal- 
ed in the annals of history. We have been so enamored with our 
affluent society that we hardly have time to discern just what is 
happening to our nation. The fact is a group of moneylords have 
set about to establish a one-world government and a one-world 
church which they purpose to rule for themselves. They have 
known quite well that to establish such dictatorship they must by 
all means capture this country, which is the last bastion of liberty. 
Their plan is as sinister as it has been successful. They first set 
in to capture the news media and the money to do so. With 
their highly gifted and highly paid writers and speakers who can 
make black look white and white look black, it has been compar- 
atively easy to brain-wash the American people. 

Next they have set in to capture the higher institutions of 
learning. We haven't time or space to discuss the methods used 
to make the colleges a tool of international communism; but when 
one sees the majority of graduates leaving their institutions either 
Communists or pro-Communists, we well agree that they have 
been eminently successful. The vicious pornography pouring over 
the television, magazines, newspapers and on billboards, sex ed- 
ucation, sensitivity programs, the filth even in textbooks show how 
they are capturing the grade school and the home right before our 
eyes. They made their boast that they would debauch the rising 
generation so that they could not defend us in war. Already social 
diseases are an epidemic in this country. 

Another feature of this diabolical program of weakening this 
great nation so she will be an easy pray for our enemies is to break 
down patriotism in her citizens. In spite of the fact that this is 
the most powerful, the freest and the richest nation on earth, our 
enemies have sought to magnify our faults and to minimize our 
virtues until citizens who should know better are ready to cast 



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democracy aside for a tyrannical dictatorship. We wonder what 
young people who are marching and roiting and sabotaging our 
rescources expect in return. When this government is overthrown 
the only alternative is a brutal dictatorship. Still another method 
of the traitors is to break down all law and order. They everlast- 
ingly harp on police brutality. When loyal police officiers are 
wounded or killed the argument is always on the side of the law- 
breakers. Now the news media is begining to criticize J. Edgar 
Hoover and the F.B.I. Mr. Hoover is one of the most respected 
citizens of this great commonwealth. But those enemies of our 
country will only be satisfied when a lawless bedlam is created 
and they are ready to take over a helplessly prostrate nation and 
rule as self-appointed dictators. 

One thing more the plotters have done is to get control of 
churches. If anyone has any doubt about this, read the article 
in the Reader's Digest, November 1971, "Which Way World 
Council of Churches." 

Just one more traitorous scheme we mention here and that 
is to destroy thrift and wholesome industry in our citizens. Make 
able-bodied men feel like the government owes them a living and 
swell the relief rolls until Mother Democracy sinks to oblivion under 
the undeserved, unbeareble load. 

Is there any hope for us? Yes, indeed the people of God 
have the most powerful weapon in the world, "And shall not God 
avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though 
he bear long with them?" Luke 18:7. 

Remember, the God of Moses, Elijah, and the Apostles is 
the same today! 

— Adapted from The Christian Pilgrims Voice 

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FOR OR AGAINST 

People sometimes ask whether there is not some middle 
ground, some place where one can take a stand and not be so 
strong for the Christian religion as the New Testament teaches. 

The very fact that the question is asked shows that those 
asking it are in doubt as to their course, and want man to confirm 
them in their chosen way. No one who has the interest of the 
kingdom at heart will make the way easier than the words of our 
Master state. 

Our belief is that there is no middle ground, that the teaching 
of the New Testament was given for the guidance of all who wish 
to make sure of heaven. But at the same time we do not wish 
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to than we are in taking from the instructions we have been given 
for our guidance through this world and up to heaven. Our 
desire is to win as many as possible to the safe way. We strive 
to be Christ-like, not Pharisaic, in what directions we give. 

There is a great difference in the way instruction is given. 
At times it seems that the one professing to try to lead men to 
Christ uses v/ays that are better calculated to repel them. The 
way is easy and the burden is light to those who have given their 
hearts and lives into the Master's keeping. But he whose heart 
is in the world, who thinks more of what he gives up than of what 
he gains by accepting Christ, will not find the way easy, and the 
burden will gall. It is only love that makes the burden light. 
Jeusu gave us a rule by which we may know who loves him, when 
he said that the one who does his commandments is the one who 
loves him. If we turn the statement around it will read, that the 
one who does not do his commandments does not love him. 

But the one who seeks to bring his brother to Christ must 
always show his love. His whole bearing must be calculated to 
attract. He must so lift up the Saviour before men that they 
will be drawn to Him. Our Teacher showed in His work among 
men the best way of meeting and winning all kinds of persons. 
He was and will ever remain the Master Teacher. Men change 
his words and his way, but they have never given us as good as 
what they wish us to discard, and they never will for man's wisdom 
is not that of God. 

There is no middle ground; we are for Christ and what He 
commanded or we are against Him and His teachings. We may 
be unwise in our ways of presenting Him to the people, but we 
cannot be too much in earnest, cannot follow too closely in His 
footsteps. If we would but apprehend Christ as Paul did, our 
lives would be very often greatly different than they are. Beware 
of getting the idea that you can do too much for your Saviour. 
What does the little we can do for Him amount to in comparison 
with what He has done for us, has given to us, and still greater 
reward that He has in reserve for us if we but prove faithful in 
our high calling? 

Often we think that our little affairs of earth are of impor- 
tance, and they are, but only from the physical standpoint. But 
how small they seem when compared with the things of eternity. 
How poor and mean earthly wealth appears when we compare it 
with the heavenly riches. How infinitely short are the years of 
our sojourn on the earth in comparison with the eternity which 
we shall spend with Jesus at the right hand of the Father if we but 
prove true to our calling and profession during our life on earth. 
We cannot have our treasure on earth and in heaven. 

In the war between good and evil there is no standing aloof 
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against Him. If we are not actively for Him, we are against Him; 
and the stake is the greatest possible, being nothing less than 
salvation and eternal happiness or condemnation and eternal 
misery. How can we hesitate to choose when the issue is so 
important and our time is so short and uncertain? 

There is an increasing number, even among those professing 
to believe in and follow Christ, who regard the matter with apparent 
indifference. They do not believe it is necessary to come out and 
be separate, to have anything but a worldly view of life and its 
occupations and recreations. They join in businesses that are 
not Christian, and they are often the life of amusements whose 
tendency is debasing, and of the devil. If Christ is our God, let 
us follow Him, and if the world and its pleasures are our god, let 
us follow him, and if the world and its pleasures are our god, may 
the Lord have mercy upon us, for we are indeed undone. Are 
we for or against? 

— From January, 1947 Bible Monitor 

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GOD'S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM 

Genesis 12:1-9 

And God said unto Abram, "Get thee out of thy country, and 
from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that 
I will shew thee." 

Abram or Abraham was a man that believed in God. He 
was a decendent of Noah's son, Shem. When God told Abraham 
to leave his country and his father's house, he got up and went. 
This was probably not an easy thing for Abraham to do. It 
appears that Abraham had it good with his father, Terah. Abraham 
had married a woman named Sarah. He was seventy-five years 
old v/hen he left his country and his father's house. Abraham's 
nephew, Lot went with him and they took the flocks and herds 
that belonged to Abraham and also many servants. In his time 
Abraham was a rich man. The land that God had given to Abra- 
ham to live in was the land of Canaan. 

The promise that God gave Abraham was this, "And I will 
make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy 
name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; And I will bless thee 
and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families 
of the earth be blessed." 

When Abraham arrived in Canaan the Lord appeared unto 
him again and said, "Unto thy seed will I give this land," mean- 



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ing that the desendents of Abraham and his children would inherit 
this land of Canaan. 

The land of Canaan is what we call Palestine today and be- 
cause of the unfaithfulness of the Jews (Abraham's seed) they 
were scattered into all other nations and their country was possesed 
by others. However, God's promise to Abraham still stands and 
today we see the land of Palestine again occupied by the nation 
of Israel, the children of Abraham. 

God told Abraham He would "bless them that bless thee and 
curse him that curseth thee." We wonder how God can bless 
our country so abundantly when so many do not believe in Him. 
America has always been good to God's people, the Jews. Do 
you suppose that this is the reason that God continues to bless our 
nation? Let us pray that this country will never turn against 
the children of Abraham. 

God also said, "And in thee shall all the families of the 
earth be blessed." 

God has indeed blessed all the families of the earth. Our 
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was born of the virgin Mary who 
was of the children of Abraham. Jesus came into this world to 
die that all those that believe in Him might have eternal life. 

— Brother Rudy Cover 

NEWS ITEMS 

LITTLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

In June the Lord blessed the Walnut Grove Congregation 
with a most wonderful revival meeting. Brother David Kegerreis, 
our evangelist brought forth the good seed of the Word and did his 
duty not to shun any part of it. We were happy for the fellowship 
with his wife and family being with us most of the meeting. 

The first Sunday of October we were greatly blessed with 
another mountain-top experience. Our Lovefeast was very well 
attended. It is a great blessing to have spiritual fellowship with 
those of like precious faith. We wish to thank the Elders and 
Ministers especially for their inspiring messages. Those with 
us for the day were our Elder James Kegerreis, Frank Shaffer, 
Laverne Keeney, Allen Eberly, Joshua Rice and David Kegerreis. 
Our communion service in the evening was a sacred occasion with 
Brother David Kegerreis officiating. The communion tables were 
nearly all filled and we felt much encouragement from all these 
services. We wish to invite each one back when you are free to 
worship with us. 

— Sister Betty Shelly, Cor. 



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QUINTER, KANSAS 

We have enjoyed a week of refreshing meetings. Brother 
David Skiles, our evanglist held up Jesus as the Lamb of God and 
His shed blood to atone for sin and that disobedience to His Word 
meant the wrath of God in punishment for sin. We were made 
to realize our lack of enthusiasm for the Lord's work and the 
salvation of souls. 

We were happy to have the Skiles family with us for the week. 
The presence of many other congregations for the Lovefeast, Oct. 
27 and 28, was appreciated. There were some from Dallas 
Center, Iowa; Grandview, Missouri; McClave, Colorado; and 
Plevna, Indiana. 

May we all go forward with greater determination to please 
our Lord "and so much the more as ye see the day approaching" 
of our Lord's return. 

— Sister Ethel Whitmer 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while 
the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt 
say, I have no pleasure in them," Eccles. 12:1. 

We were made to rejoice when three of our teen-agers chose 
to follow the above verse and another sister returned back to the 
fold. Elder Hayes Reed recently preached to us in a two-week 
revival meeting. May the seed sown continue to grow in each 
of our lives. Let us all remember the young in the church to 
help them shun the evil ways of the world. 

— Sister Ruthanna Lilly, Cor. 

NOTE OF THANKS 

We feel no words are adequate to express our gratitude 
and thanks to all the brethren, sisters, relatives, and friends for 
their prayers, visits, cards, letters, and gifts while I was a patient 
at the hospital during General Conference. 

We also take this opportunity of saying "Thank You" again 
to the members at Quinter, Kansas, who so kindly took my 
daugther and I into their homes and cared for me until I was able 
to return to my home in Virginia. 

May God richly bless and reward each one. 

— Sister Cletus Kauffman and Family 

APPRECIATSON 

We appreciate and want to express our very sincere thanks 
for the gifts and get well cards. Also the many prayers for our 
son, David while he was ill. Again many thanks to each one. 

— Brother Wilbur and Sister Thelma Uplinger 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



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Dale E. Jamison 

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VOL LI 



DECEMBER 15, 1973 



NO. 24 



"For the faith onoe for all delivered to the saints.' 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our constant aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

GOD'S GIFT-MY GIFT 

God's Christmas Gift of long ago 
Has lasted through the years; 

And still is keeping hearts aglow, 
Dispelling doubts and fears. 

And with this Gift of gifts in mind, 

How can I show my love? 
How can my heart expression find 

To Him who reigns above? 

I have no frankincense, no gold, 

No myrrh, no costly gifts, 
To use as password to the fold, 

From earth my soul to lift. 

Ah, man of earth, defeated soul, 
You need no priceless pearl; 

To place your life in His control 
Will blessings rare unfurl. 

And when the soul of man is free 

To love this Gift Divine, 
There is no question, for we'll say, 

Lord, all I have is Thine. 

— M. E. Detterline 



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GLAD TIDINGS 

As we come to this season of the year our thoughts are 
drawn again to an unprecedented event in this world's history 
— the birth of our Lord. Everything concerning Jesus is a 
matter of interest to us. Christians commemorate His birth 
with great joy because we realize the many benefits of salvation 
as the result of His coming into this world. Although we see 
evil on every hand and we live in perilous times, we know that 
Jesus came into the world to atone for the sins of those who would 
accept and obey Him. This should bring joy to the heart of 
every believer. 

Luke records one event of interest following the birth of 
Jesus. "And there were in the same country sheperds abiding 
in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, 
the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the 
Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And 
the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you 
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all pople. For unto 
you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ 
the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the 
babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger," Lk. 2:8-12. 

No doubt that was a most thrilling experience which came 
unto the sheperds that night. It would almost make us 
envious of them. But God had a purpose in it — the good: 
tidings of great joy. Then, too, many of us may experience even 
a greater manifestation of the power and glory of God if we are 
ready when Jesus comes again. We are not told the name of 
the angel that brought the good tidings to the shepherds, but 
possibly it was Gabriel since it was he that made the announce- 
ment to Mary that she would bring forth a Son who would be 
called Jesus. 

We notice the angel appeared unto the shepherds as they 
tended their flock by night. It says ". . . the glory of the Lord 
shone round about them: and they were sore afraid." We may 
wonder what that glory was. We remember the account of 
Saul's conversion, how a light from Heaven shone about him after 
which he could not see for three days. We also recall that at 
the time of Christ's transfiguration ". . . his face did shine as 
the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." In these 
instances we find that man was very much afraid. Why? Is it 
not because ever since man fell in the garden he fears extraor- 
dinary appearances of God? Man is made to know of his many 
imperfections. Yet both the angel and Christ hastened to reassure 
man: "Fear not ... Be not afraid." Although we should have 
a fear of reverance toward God and Christ we should not be 
afraid of Them for "perfect love casteth out fear." 



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We may take heart in the fact that not many of the wise and 
mighty of this world are chosen to receive such pronouncements. 
Rather, one might suppose that such wonderful tidings would be 
given only to kings and priests. How thankful we should be 
that the tidings were brought to the shepherds who were common 
people for we can identify with them. 

We are made to rejoice this Christmas Season that a Saviour 
was born into the world for if we are faithful to His teachings we 
may one day have a part with Him. He came into this world to 
"bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he 
appear the second time without sin unto salvation," Heb. 9:28. 

Let us be reminded that it takes preparation, prayer and 
watching that we may be ready to meet Him without fear when 
He comes again. 

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THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT 

II Cor. 9:15 

Here in this text Cod is speaking to us through the Apostle 
Paul. This is the time of the year when there is much talk of 
gifts, but when we consider gifts, we realize that of all the gifts 
purchased and of all the gifts given or received, there is no com- 
parison to this great Gift mentioned in this text. It is beyond 
our finite minds and our understanding to really fathom the great- 
ness of this Gift. There are many things in the Word of God 
which we can understand only through the eye of faith. We 
need a desire to search and seek after these truths. 

There is no other gift to match or equal this unspeakable 



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Gift. It makes no difference how much money we might have, 
we cannot purchase and give this Gift. Many stores, today, have 
many articles of the same kind to sell, but there is none other 
gift like this one. We are made to believe this, when God's 
Word tells us that no other serves the purpose of this Gift. 

There is no money needed to purchase this Gift. It can be 
bought only with a contrite heart and a receptive mind. This 
Gift was given just once. This Gift was born into the world 
contrary to the laws of birth. God gave His only begotten Son, 
a truly unique gift of God Almighty, which shows the wonderful 
concern of God and love of the Father. Yet, people are so 
prone to cling to the material things of this world, which pass 
away and reject this great Gift without price. 

His death also was contrary to the laws of death. For He 
arose again the third day; His body did not see corruption. "Dust 
unto dust shalt thou return," was not true of this unspeakable 
Gift. He not only arose from the grave, but has gone back to 
Heaven to the same position of glory and honor which He enjoyed 
before. 

This Gift was a perfect supreme sacrifice to span the gap 
between the human family and God Almighty. This is not a 
limited gift — no matter how many accept it, whether it be 
millions or triple millions. What is it like to be able to shun a 
Devil's hell, to know His will, to drink of the water of life freely, 
not to have to suffer the second death of eternal punishment? 
For He tasted of death, hell, and the grave that we might have 
part in the kingdom of God. 

Naturally speaking, if someone would offer us a gift of 
great value without costing a penny, how many people would 
refuse it? Yet, God is giving us something far superior to any 
earthly gift. Material things pass away and come to naught. 
No one in his right mind would refuse this Gift, which supplies 
joy, peace, and contentment. It also gives us power to over- 
come temptations of the adversary. 

When we receive gifts in our family that are of real value 
or if we receive something that we have been wishing for, it fills 
us with enthusiasm and we tell others about it. Does this Gift 
of God enthuse us? Do we have a concern and willingness for 
God to use us? If we have accepted this Gift, our life will tell 
for Him. Others will know it because we cannot hide it. Our 
affections will not be set on earthly things, but on things eternal. 

We would like to think of the meekness of Christ. He did 
not count Himself far above others. He did not seek the honor 
and glory of man, but lived for one purpose only and that was to 
do the will of His Father, who sent Him into the world. God's 
plan for Christ was that He should die, to taste of death for every 
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many felt sorry or stood by at His death weeping. A great ado 
takes place in the event of the death of a president, a government 
official or someone high in authority or popular with the people. 
There are costly flower arrangements, flags are flown at half- 
mast and much money spent in erecting memorials. But it 
didn't make any difference if man didn't mourn the Saviour's 
death. The God of Heaven remembered and accepted the 
sacrifice of His Son. A black crepe, as it were, was thrown over 
the sun and for several hours there was darkness. The earth 
trembled and quaked, when this great Messiah died. He might 
not have been greatly esteemed in the eyes of man, but in God's 
sight this sacrifice was altogether righteous, perfect, and holy. 
Corruption couldn't lay hold of His body. History says He 
preached about three years, but in that time He built no church 
houses. He wrote no books. He had no monetary backing. 
He never compromised with the Devil. Don't give away a part 
of this unspeakable Gift by letting the Devil make inroads into 
your Ife. "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Do we 
have power within us to say, "No," to Satan or to say "Get thee 
behiind me, Satan?" 

Do we desire this unspeakable Gift of God? He has promised 
never to leave us or forsake us. He will never cast us out. The 
Devil would like to come into the church and kick every member 
out. Are we rooted and grounded in the Word of God? 

Nearly two thousand years have passed and still He is the 
one central character of human history. This unspeakable Gift 
is the only source of eternal life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the 
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 
There is no other way. 

Do we consider Christ as the son of Joseph and Mary or 
do we see Him as the supreme sacrifice, the Redeemer of man- 
kind? Christ finished the work which His Father gave Him to do. 
He proved His willingness to obey God's Word to the letter. Do 
we appreciate how Christ suffered, bled, and died for our sins and 
is now back with the Father making intercession for us? If you 
miss Heaven you can blame no one but yourself. Man is a free 
moral agent to choose either the right or the wrong. 

Now we see through a glass darkly, but we know we shall 
have a body like unto His glorious body and be forever in His 
presence. What does it mean to you? What does it mean to me? 

Those who have refused this gift will be cast into outer 
darkness where there shall be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of 
teeth. Those who have accepted this Gift, will hear those 
welcome words, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." 
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there will be no end to this joyful experience for it will be for all 
eternity. 

— Sermon by Brother George Replogle 

— Selected by Sister Maxine Surbey 

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GOD'S MEANS OF GRACE 

It is one thing for the prophet to cry, "Prepare to meet thy 
God." It is another thing to know how we can meet God in 
peace! But there need be no confusion in this matter for the 
Word of God says, "Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith," 
Heb. 12:2. Not a dozen ways, not two, but just one through 
whom we can come to God in peace by the man Christ Jesus. 

Oh, where shall peace be found is the cry of our hearts. 
The Scriptures answer, "He is our peace." How can we be 
sure of life? Jesus answers, "I am the life." Again Jesus 
says, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life." 

We stand in need of cleansing because all have sinned and 
separated ourselves from God. How can we be cleansed? The 
answer is "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from 
all sin." 

When does the blood of Jesus make the sinner clean? Some 
teach that all you have to do is just believe, or faith only saves: 
they also teach that you don't have to be baptized to be saved. 
We know that we are saved by faith, Eph. 2:8. We know we 
are saved by grace, Eph. 2:5. We know we are saved by hope, 
Rom, 8:24. Also we are saved by repentance, Luke 13:3-5. 
Likewise we are saved by baptism, I Pet. 3:21. The Bible does 
not teach we are saved by faith alone, or grace alone, or baptism 
alone, but it takes all of the means of grace that Jesus has provided 
to wash away our sins. 

I want to show step by step what the Scriptures teach 
concerning the way of salvation. First, man must hear the Word, 
"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," 
Rom. 10:17. It is necessary what we hear and that we hear all 
of what the Bible teaches on this subject. That is the reason 
that Jesus commanded, "Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you," Matt. 28:20. 

Second, faith is necessary. Without faith it is impossible 
to please God, Heb. 1 1 :6. Paul told the Philippian jailor, 
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved," 
Acts 16:31. But Paul didn't stop there, in verse 32, "And they 
spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his 



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house. Verse 33, "And he took them the same hour of the 
night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all 
his, straightway." Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall 
be damned." We must have faith in Jesus, that He is the Son 
of Cod, and that His blood will cleanse us of our sins. This faith 
means trust in the Lord, and not just believe only. 

Third is repentance. We must repent and turn from our 
sins, and be sorrowful for the sins we have committed. II Cor. 
7:10, "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to 
be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." 
The multitudes on the day of Pentecost cried out and said, "What 
shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be 
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," 
Acts 2:38. 

Fourth is confession. Rom. 10:9, "If thou shalt confess 
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart 
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." 
When Philip was preaching to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, 
the eunuch said to Philip, ". . . See, here is water; what doth 
hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest 
with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, 
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Then upon his 
confession, he stopped the chariot, and they went down into the 
water, both Philip and the eunuch and Philip baptized him. I John 
4:3, "Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in 
the flesh is not of God . . ." 

The last is baptism. It is strange that men will take all 
the foregoing and say they are necessary but will contend that 
baptism is not. But what do the Scriptures teach? Let us go 
by the Word of God and not listen to man. I know that the Devil 
is willing for us to go part way; but if he can get man not to go 
all the way he has won that man. 

Jesus says in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized 
shall be saved . . ." Jesus plainly says that faith plus baptism 
equals salvation. No doubt about it! Acts 2:38, "Repent, and 
be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 
Did he mean you could receive the Holy Ghost before baptism? 
If he did his words are of no effect. Acts 22:16, when Ananias 
came unto Paul he said, "Why tarriest thou? arise, and be bap- 
tized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." 
We see here baptism is for the washing away of sins. 

I John 1 :7, ". . . The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth 
us from all sin." Then when does the blood of Christ cleanse us 
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we are baptized into the death of Christ. Therefore we obtain 
the benefits of that death at baptism. The blood of Christ is 
applied to our sins at baptism and we are cleansed from sin. 

In Gal. 3:26-27 the apostle tells us we are all the children 
of God by faith in Christ Jesus. How many put on Christ? "For 
as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on 
Christ." Therefore baptism is the point of contact with the 
blood of Christ. We are not in Christ until we are baptized into 
Him. 

Eph. 2:12-13, "That at that time ye were without Christ, 
being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from 
the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in 
the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off 
are made nigh by the blood of Christ." We are made nigh by the 
blood of Christ because we have been baptized into Christ. We 
are baptized into the death of Christ where His blood was shed; 
therefore we are cleansed by the blood of Christ by being bap- 
tized into Christ. Baptism is the only means of getting into 
Christ. Baptism is the point of contact with the blood of Christ. 

Then it takes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism to 
complete the plan of salvation which Jesus brought down from 
Heaven. Leaving out any one of them will not secure for us 
eternal salvation. 

— W. E. Bashor, 867 Lorna Drive, Glen Ellen, California 

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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER 

Our Father, we thank Thee for the return of the season 
when angels are near and when kindness and worship beat warm 
in our hearts. We are filled with tender memories, lovely dreams, 
deep satisfactions, and wistful longings. We thank Thee for the 
love, the music, the message, the fellowship, and the radiancy 
of these holy days. Grant us to know afresh the presence of 
the blessed Master and may His life flow into our hearts, His 
kindness be in our tongues, His beauty shine from our characters 
and the glory of His works be manifest in our deeds. And, Holy 
Father, grant that those out in life shelterless and friendless may 
find the way, if not into the dwellings of the great, into the 
lowly places where Thy people may find Thee. Bless all mothers, 
and little children, and homeless wanderers, and hungry wayfarers 
on the long, long trail of life. For us all may the Star of Beth- 
lehem shine again and may the angels sing. Grant to little 
children the gladness of the Christmas joy, and to us all, dear 
Father, the old sweet, wonderful Christmas faith. For we seek 
it in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen 

— Selected by Sister Edna Flick 



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MEDITATIONS 

Part 5 

No one can be wrong with man and right with God. 

Character reflects what you are in the dark. 

The farther a man knows himself to be from perfection, the 
nearer he is to it. 

Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what 
you are. 

To be unknown of God is altogether too much privacy. 

Custom tends to make tradition binding. 

The lions could not touch Daniel because the Lion of the 
Tribe of Judah was in the den with him. 

A violin string cannot play if it is too tight or too loose. 
Staying in the middle of the strait and narrow road is a safe place 
to travel. 

The reason so many churches are so cold, so many folks want 
to sit in the "Z" row. 

It is not the hours that we put in, but what we put into the 
hours that really counts. 

Jesus began His mission with "Come and see'; He closed it 
with "Go and teach." 

If you would know the greatest sum in addition, count your 
blessings. 

Keep on your toes and you won't run down at the heels. 

Bores are people who are bored. 

It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow. 

The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it. 

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most 
important. 

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. 

Always speak the truth and you'll never be concerned with 
your memory. 

May you LIVE all the days of your life. 

When a man has a "pet" peeve, it is remarkable how often 
he pets it. 

Better to light one candle than to curse the dark. 

All sunshine makes a desert. 

To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue. 

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. 

Defeat is not bitter if you do not swallow it. 

One of the biggest thrills in life comes from doing a job 
well. 

In His will is our peace. 

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due. 

— Brother Paul R. Myers, Box 117, Greentown, Ohio 



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WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME 

Christmas is a time of giving gifts, having friends, and 
enjoying the bounties of the earth, but Christmas means more 
than this. 

The Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea! How glad we 
should be that Jesus was born into this world to save each and 
everyone of us from our sins. St. Matthew 1:21. 

If it had not been for the birth of Jesus, where would we be 
today? We would not have the privilege of knowing Him and 
being born again. 

Each year, the old-fashioned Christmas carols are sung all 
over the land. It thrills my soul when we as young folks can go 
out and sing to the shut-in people. What joy and comfort it 
must bring to the shut-in to know that someone cares for him. 
So kind friends don't forget the shut-in and the aged this year. 

THE SHUT-IN'S PRAYER 

Last night as the moon pulled anchor, and sailed out the milky way, 

It peeped through an open window, where a lonely shut-in lay. 

The moon seemed to shine much brighter, each star seemed to 

nod its head, 

The night seemed so strangely peaceful, when they heard what the 

shut-in said. 

"Dear God way up in heaven, I earnestly pray to thee and 
my prayer oh Lord wilt thou answer and lay a healing hand 
on me. The vain world seems to forget me Lord and I've 
been a shut-in so long, I'm needing thy love Dear Jesus and 
instill in my heart a song. I ask not for gold or silver, or 
diamond to call my own. Just give me that touch of healing, 
I's so weak and all alone. I trust I'm not asking too much 
of thy heavenly wealth, when humbly, Dear Lord, I pray thee, 
just give me back my health." 

Then off to dreamland the shut-in drifted, yes, God heard what 

the shut-in said. 

The night seemed so strangely peaceful, God heard what the shut- 
in said. 

Yes, Christmas means sharing the joys with one another 
that the Christ child was born into the world, visiting the sick, 
singing unto the Lord a new song and spreading the gift of love 
to your loved ones. 

May this Blessed Christmas be yours. 

— Sister Shirley Stump, R. 1, Union, Ohio 45322 
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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE 

Genesis 13:1-18 

Abraham had been in Egypt but he returned back to the 
land of Canaan where he had built an altar to the Lord. Abram 
was very rich. He had silver and gold and many cattle. Lot, 
the nephew of Abram, went with him and he also had flocks 
and herds. As time went on their flocks increased in number and 
there was not enough pasture for all the cattle and sheep of both 
Abram and Lot. The herds were taken to pasture by men who 
worked for Abram and Lot and these men were called "herdman." 
These men were trying to please those they worked for and soon 
quarreled over who could get the best pasture for their herds. 
There were other people who lived in this land called Canaanites 
and Perizzites. Of course, in those days the people lived off 
of their cattle and sheep because there wasn't enough pasture 
for everybody, Abram decided that they would have to go. Know- 
ing of the trouble between their herdman, Abram said to Lot, 
"Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. 
If you go to the left I will go to the right; or if you go to the 
right I'll go to the left." 

So Lot looked out over the plain of the Jordan river and 
saw that it was well watered everywhere; the grass was green 
and beautiful — plenty of water and food for all his cattle. 
There was only one objection to this beautiful plain. There 
were cities there and they were full of wicked men. Sodom was 
one of the worst of those wicked cities. Lot chose the Jordan 
plain and Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan. 

Lot's herds must have increased abundantly and he became 
very rich. He lived in the cities close by and I suppose because 
the grass was greener that way, he went in the direction of Sodom. 
The Bible says that Sodom was a city where men were wicked 
and sinned before the Lord exceedingly. 

After Lot had left Abram, the Lord talked with Abram and 
told him that he should look in every direction as far as he could 
see and all the land he saw the Lord would give to him and to his 
children forever. 

God gave Abram all of the land He had promised him — 
even the part that Lot chose as his. It is so important that we 
choose to please God rather than ourselves. Only by pleasing 
God can we be really blessed. 

"And Abram came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre and 
there he built an altar unto the Lord." 

— Brother Rudy Cover 



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THE GUIDING STAR 

The birth of Christ is the outstanding miracle of the ages. 
The incarnation of the Son of God must be at once the most incom- 
prehensible and monumental event of history, and it admits of 
no other explanation than that of the miraculous. Itself the 
greatest miracle, it is surrounded with other correspondingly great 
miracles. The angel appearances to Jeseph and Mary and to 
the shepherds are examples, but always we are intrigued by the 
mysterious star that led the Wise Men of the East over their 
long trek to Jerusalem and finally to the very house where the 
Christ Child was with His mother. 

Astronomers have puzzled over it, and have tried to trace 
the appearance of the strange phenomenon to the conjunction of 
certain planets about two years before Christ was born. But 
none of the explanations from natural appearances in the sideral 
heavens is satisfactory from the Biblical standpoint. Such a 
star would not really be a guiding star, but would be something 
only that would fire the imaginations of the Wise Men. To 
all natural explanations Lenski gives an answer that will satisfy 
any trusting heart who takes the narrative of Matthew as a reve- 
lation from God that is to be simply accepted and believed. "All 
these views operate with a star high in the heavens like the other 
stars and forget that on a clear night literally hundreds of stars 
will twinkle above Bethlehem, and no new star among them could 
direct any man either on the way or to a certain house in the 
town, or, for that matter, in the open country. Unless Matthew 
is telling a fictional child's story, ths star hung so low, with a 
light brilliant to the eye, that it did just what he reports: moved 
just above the road, moved from north to south, and finally 
sood above the very house where Christ was, so low that it 
designated that house and no other. The idea that the Magi 
inquired for a house where a boy had recently been born is not 
indicated in the text. God pointed out the house by means of 
His star" (R. C. H. Lenski). 

The simple narrative of the star's leading the way for the 
Wise Men to travel from their home to Jerusalem, and then, 
after disappearing while they consulted Herod, right to the home 
of Joseph and Mary in Bethlhem, has furnished inspiration for 
many literary gems and beautiful songs and carols. It has 
charmed the simple faith of both childhood and the maturer 
ages. It has inspired many to go and follow Him wherever He 
may lead by the star of hope which He has implanted in the 
believing heart by His Spirit. 

This story has also inspired many people to worship and to 
give, for when the Wise Men came into the presence of the 
Child they fell before Him in adoration and presented their 



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rich gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Here were the first 
Christmas gifts and the first recorded instances of the worship 
of Christ, although the shepherds also probably worshiped Him 
in their earlier visit. And as we go over the story again this 
Christmastide may the heavenly star that shines in our hearts 
direct us to sincere worship and lead us to give Him the best 
that we have — our hearts, our lives, our all — and cause us 
to think of those who know Him not. 

— Selected from the Christian Monitor 

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Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people 
from their sins. — Matthew 1 :21 



"Christ is born, the great Anointed; 

Heaven and earth His praises sing! 
Oh, receive whom God appointed 

For your Prophet, Priest, and King. 

"Haste, ye mortals, to adore Him; 

Learn His name and taste His joy; 
Till in heaven ye sing before Him 

'Glory be to God most high!' " 



For unto us a child is bom, unto us a son is given: and the 
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, 
The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 

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NEWS ITEMS 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Bethel Congregation enjoyed another blessed time of 
refreshing during our revival meetings. Elder Laverne Keeney 
brought soul-stirring messages from God's Word each evening 
from August 12 to 26, 1973. At the close of these services five 
precious souls were baptized. We pray that each of these babes 
in Christ has made peace with God and man. 

On October 28, 1973, we enjoyed our Lovefeast. Ministers 
present were Elders Ray Shank, Laverne Keeney, Allen Eberly, 
Jacob Ness, and Brother Jack Snyder. Brother Keeney officiated 



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at the Communion Service in the evening. There were 132 
communicants. Truly it was good to be there. 

— Sister Mary Hartz, Cor. 
LIT1TZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Northern Lancaster County congregation enjoyed a revival 
meeting the first two weeks of September, with Elder Edward John- 
son as the evangelist. The attendance was good throughout the 
meetings, although there were no additions to the church at this 
time. We pray the good seed that was sown will take root and 
bring forth fruit in due time. 

We were glad to have Sister Johnson with us throughout the 
meeting, and also the brethren and sisters from other congregations 
that came from a distance to be with us. May God bless you all 
for your efforts. 

On October 21, we enjoyed another Lovefeast with a good 
attendance. Ministers present during the day were Elder David 
Ebling, Elder Ray Shank, Brother Paul Hartz, Brother David Keg- 
erreis, and Elder James Kegerreis, our Elder. In the evening there 
were about 120 surrounding the Lord's table, with Brother David 
Kegerreis officiating. 

— Sister Susanna B. Johns 
WAUSEON, OHIO 
The West Fulton Congregation enjoyed a revival meeting when 
Elder Jacob Ness came into our midst and held a two weeks meet- 
ing, begining September 30. Brother Ness brought many inspir- 
ing and uplifting messages to us. As a result two young souls 
gave their hearts to the Lord and were baptized the last Sunday. 
We were glad to have Sister Ness, son and daughter, and also 
Brother Ness' mother here the last couple days. 

May God bless Brother Ness as he continues laboring for his 
Master. 

— Sister Leola Beck, Cor. 

THANKS 

We want to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, financial 

assistance and kind deeds we received during David's illness. 

Everything was greatly appreciated. May God bless each of you 

who gave of yourselves so willingly. Thanks again. 

— Brother and Sister David Surbey 
NOTE OF THANKS 
I would like to express my sincere thanks to brethren, sisters, 
and friends for their prayers, cards, and gifts while I was in the 
hospital. May God richly bless each one. 

— Sister Carolyn Carpenter 
OBITUARY 
DOLLIE FOREMAN 
Mary Elzina (Doilie) Stemen Foreman was born on January 



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19, 1880 to Charles and Lusetta Brower Sterner) near Lacona, Iowa, 
and departed this life at Perry Manor, Perry, Iowa, on October 14, 
1 973, at the age of 93 years, 8 months, and 25 days. 

She was married to John Wesley Foreman on February 2, 
1898. Six children were born to this union: Elsie, Frank, Grace, 
Clarence, Lester, and Lonnie. 

She was baptized into the Dunkard Church at the age of 13 
years. Most of her life was spent in Clark County, Iowa, moving 
to Dallas Center, Iowa, in 1947. 

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and son, 
Clarence of Denver, Colorado. Also four sisters and two brothers. 
She is survived by three sons and two daughters: daughter 
Elsie Byerly and husband Ken, of Brooklyn, Iowa: son Frank 
Foreman and wife Nina, of Springfield, Illinois; daughter Grace 
Lingle and husband Harry, of Osceola, Iowa; son Leslie Foreman 
and wife Bernice, of La Habra, California; and son Lonnie Foreman 
and wife Eleanor, of South Gate, California. Also fifteen grand- 
children; several great-grandchildren; neices and nephews. 

Elder W. S. Reed and Elder Joseph Flora were in charge of 
funeral services at the Dallas Center Dunkard Brethren Church, 
on October 17, 1973. Elder Ray Reed had charge of the burial 
service at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Osceola, Iowa. 

God saw the road was getting rough 

The hills were hard to climb. 

He gently closed her loving eyes 

And whispered, "Peace be thine." 

Her weary hours, her days of pain 

Her weary nights are passed. 

Her ever patient worn out frame 

Has found sweet rest at last. 

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DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR JANUARY, 1974 

CAPTIVITY 
CARE, CARES, CAREFULNESS, CARELESSNESS 



Memory Verse, Luke 4:18 
The Spirit of the Lord is 
upon me, because he hath 
anointed me to preach the 
gospel to the poor; he hath 
sent me to heal the broken- 
hearted, to preach deliv- 
erance to the captives, and 



recovering of sight to the 
blind, to set at liberty them 
that are bruised. 

Tues. 1— Obad. 1:1-21 

Wed. 2— Hab. 1:1-17 

Thurs. 3— Zeph. 3:1-20 

Fri. 4 — Zech. 6:1-15 

Sat. 5 — Luke 4:14-44 



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Memory Verse, II Cor. 10:5 
Casting down imaginations, 
and every high thing that 
exalteth itself against the 
knowledge of God, and 
bringing into captivity every 
thought to the obedience 
of Christ. 

Sun. 6 — Luke 21 :1 -38 



oun. o — LuKe Zl:l-da 
Mon. 7 — Rom. 7:1-25 
Tues. 8 — II Cor. 10:1-18 
Wed. 9 — Eph. 4:1-32 
Thurs. 10 — II Tim 2:1-26 
Fri. 1 1 — II Tim. 3:1-17 
Sat. 12— Rev. 13:1-18 

Memory Verse, Deut. 11:12 
A land which the Lord thy 
God ca reth for: the eyes of 
the Lord thy God are always 
upon it, from the begining 
of the year even unto the 
end of the year. 
Sun. 13 — Deut. 11:1-32 
Mon. 14 — Deut. 15:1-23 
Tues. 15 — Psa. 142:1-7 
Wed. 16 — Jer. 17:1-27 
Thurs. 17 — Dan. 3:1-18 
Fri. 18— Zeph. 2:1-15 
Sat. 19— Matt. 13:1-23 

Memory Verse, Deut. 15:5 
Only if thou carefully hear- 
ken unto the voice of the 
Lord thy Cod, to observe to 



do all these commandments 
which I command thee this 
day. 
Sun. 20 — Mark 4:14-41 
Mon. 21 — Luke 10:21-42 
Tues. 22 — Luke 21 :l-38 
Wed. 23— John 10:1-30 
Thurs. 24 — John 12:1-26 
Fri. 25—1 Cor. 7:1-34 
Sat. 26—1 Cor. 12:1-31 

Memory Verse, Phil. 4:6 
Be careful for nothing; but 
in everything by prayer and 
supplication with thanksgiv- 
ing let your requests be 
made known unto God. 
Sun. 27 — II Cor. 7:1-16 
Mon. 28 — II Cor. 81 -24 
Tues. 29 — Phil. 4:1-23 
Wed. 30— Titus 3:1-15 
Thurs. 31 — I Pet. 5:1-14 

Memory Verse, Titus 3:8 
This is a faithful saying, and 
these things I will that thou 
affirm constantly, that they 
which have believed in God 
might be careful to main- 
tain good works. These 
things are good and profit- 
able unto men. 

I Pet. 5:7 

Casting all your care upon 
him; for he careth for you. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JAN., 1974 



January 6 • — Matthew 3:1-17 
January 13 — Matthew 4:1-25 
January 20 — Matthew 5:1-16 
January 27 — Matthew 5:17-48